Elk Camps

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by hillajam, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. hillajam

    hillajam Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning an elk hunting trip for 2009 in CO. and we have not yet decided how we want to do our camp. I know there are tons of ways to go about it that's why I'd like to hear about your ELK CAMPS.

    If you can, post some pics of your elk camp.

    If no pics just tell us what makes your camp YOUR CAMP!!!!!!!!

    I'm interested to see the different ways you all go about it. Maybe I'll even steal some ideas.
     
  2. gamedog

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  3. hillajam

    hillajam Well-Known Member

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    Nice pics, Where are they from. MT? What's hanging Antelope? Looks like it.

    Keep em coming guys. I love seeing other peoples setups.
     
  4. elkstalker300

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    I really like the wall tents, set up 2 of them one for sleeping in and 1 for cooking and B/S'ing in. Hunted that way for many years. But it is hard to pass up on the ole 5th wheel. Hunted out of that the last couple of years, every year I tell myself that this year going back to the tents. I dont have any pics of my camps, if I find any I will post a couple
     
  5. gamedog

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    Yes, there from Montana. We use wall tent's alot for elk hunting. They allow you to get in deeper to the good spots:D This was the first year for my brothers new Montana Canvas tent , so we broke it out for our antelope hunt.
     
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    two fellas, two personal tents. Lean, mean, and very adequate. Spent most time at one shooting spot or another.

    All that's needed is a dry place to cook, eat and sleep.
     
  7. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    Gamedog's first foto looks like our elk camp. If you click onthe link to my fotos at the bottom of my answer here and then look at Realtree Colo elk hunt or Elkatraz you can see two I have really really enjoyed. Lemme know if I can help.
     
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  9. bigsky

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    JMDEN,
    I really like your tent. How does it work for you? Is is tuff to regulate the heat in a small space? How much does the tent cost and also how much does it weigh?
    Thanks, Bigsky
     
  10. Tbone

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    JMDEN, Tell us about the tent! Does the mfg'r have other sizes, options (water-proof flys, etc) ?


    Jim
     
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    JMDEN, Tell us about the tent! Does the mfg'r have other sizes, options (water-proof flys, etc) ?


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    Thanks guys. Here's a link to some more info on the tent:

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f61/tents-backpacking-26738/

    6.5 pounds with custom, adj. center pole and 16 stakes--just 'prototypes'...a few little bugs to work out if I was to make another one.

    It's made out of 1.1oz silicon imprenated nylon ripstop. Superlight. Essentially same stuff that Kifaru uses. Totally watertight fabric and I seal the seams with McNett Silnet. Tent can leak around chimney. But if stove is running, that's really not a problem. If the stove is not running, there's an sewn in integral cover that goes over the stovejack---if look closely in pics, you can see it wrapped and velcroed around the point of the tent. Just unvelcro it, take down the chimney, and cover the stovejack. Velcro on edge of stovejack keep cover in place.

    I'm the manufacturer... I just wanted a tent that did what the Kifaru tipi tents do, but had a few other options like better venting, integral floor and a design that would keep the bugs out. So far, so good. It cost me about $150 or less in materials to make the tent and I think the stove is about $300 at Kifaru.net. I'd have to charge a chunk of change to make it worth my time to make on of these--as much or more than Kifaru tipi tents go for. I'm not sure I even want to consider that.

    No problem to regulate heat as the Kifaru Parastove I'm using is 'damperable'. Most of the SS stove and a good portion of the SS chimney will glow red hot when you're really firing it. On occasion, flame will shoot out the top of the stack a foot or so. First time that happened to me out in the wilderness by myself in the dark (as this pulsating glow is right over my head outside the tent and for a moment I had no basis whatsoever to identify what it was...) gave me quite a start, but it's normal for these stoves.
     
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  12. hillajam

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    Very cool. How long did that take you to make. I bet the snow slides right off. Good job.
     
  13. jmden

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    Thanks, hillajam. Since it's a 'first of it's kind' prototype, it probably took much longer than if I started to make them regualrly--probably 40 hrs at least all told. Alot of scale drawing to make sure of certain dimensions before I started to cut the first panels, etc. Everything is totally designed from scratch and you run into problems along the way and have to change this or that. But, it's working very well now and I've got my very lightweight, warm elk camp!...with a floor and bugproof and some adj. venting, unlike Kifaru designs. I posted a couple of pics on Hunting Backpacking Equipment, etc. pictures from friends & fun photos on webshots of the first one I made last year, both designs are very different. The silnylon is very slick and rain and snow seem to just slide right off as you mention.
     
  14. hillajam

    hillajam Well-Known Member

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    Well guys I'll add one more question to all of you.

    What to you, are the most important things to bring to camp with you?