Originally Posted by BitterrootBob
I didn't vote because you don't have the best shelter, a hammock. The older I get the more I appreciate not sleeping on the ground, or should i say on a rock. If I'm not in base camp with a wall tent and a cot, I'm in a hammock. Most comfortable light weight outdoor shelter there is. And this comes from a person with a lot of experience as all my hunting is done while camping and backpacking.
I don't consider a hammock shelter, what exactly is it sheltering you from? Certianly not rain or snow, nor skeeters. Now I could see a tarp hammock combo, in which case you could have voted for just tarp. Otherwise I would consider a hammock unsheltered (which isn't a choice either and should have been) I have spent some time 'unsheltered' although never with a hammock. Usually this involved being either under a tree or a rock overhang and building a fire, also usually without the benefit of a sleeping bag. As I get older those nights get less pleasant
. Frankly my most common shelter hunting has been a sleeping bag/front seat of my truck, combo. But the question was about backpack hunting, so that is right out. That is also getting less comfortable for more than a night or so as I get older also, so last year I broke down and bought an enclosed cargo trailer with a ramp rear door. I put a propane cookstove and light in it, and a propane heater, then built a fold down bunk and a fold down table. I can load my fourwheeler or snowmobile in it, drive to wherever I am going to be hunting, unload the ATV or snowmobile, flop down the bunk and table, and camp is set. I am going to put a wood stove in it because I far prefer wood heat over propane, you just can't dry wet clothes satisfactorily with propane.