What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle season?

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Len Backus, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Bivy

    38 vote(s)
  2. Tarp

    49 vote(s)
  3. Bivy/Tarp combo

    60 vote(s)
  4. 3 season double wall tent

    68 vote(s)
  5. 3 season single wall tent

    87 vote(s)
  6. 4 season tent

    58 vote(s)
  7. Tipi

    30 vote(s)
  1. ScottMc7

    ScottMc7 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Tipi tents are good but haven't got one. I have a Ozark trail tent and I love its sturdy frame and it's easy to set up.
  2. Wyodog

    Wyodog Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    I've been experimenting with a hammock and tarp. Mostly because it's hard to find ground close to level wher I hunt deer and I end up sliding against the side of my tent during the night and it drives me nuts. So far I have been able to get a very comfortable sleep in the hammock. The coldest temp I have slept in was high 20's and I stayed quite warm with a down under quilt and a 30 deg top quilt. The trade offs are: this setup takes up more space in my pack and weighs a little more than my 1 man Easton Kilo setup. It is a bit lighter than when I take the two man tent however.
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  3. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I slept in a canvas hammock on the 1812 US Brig Niagara when I was a crew member in the '90s and was so dead tired I slept well. But for camping I'd only use one in a veery wet climate like the jungle.
    My Moment DW solo tent is small enough that I can usually find enough "flat" space to set up with my head uphill - always.

    Eric B.
  4. Wyodog

    Wyodog Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    Not so easy where I'm hunting mule deer. If I did that I would slide into the foot of the tent anyway. An old game trail on the side of a steep hill is the closest thing I can find to level many times. My favorite spot is an unleveled perch with a very steep 30 deg slope up and down hill from where I put my tent. This location is a perfect spot to hide my tent and glass from just a little steep, but it is a nice sniper location overlooking a fantastic feeding area within range for a good shooter. I have taken 2 nice bucks in the last 3 years while laying within 10 feet of my tent.
  5. Lukedc

    Lukedc Member

    May 14, 2018
    Tent for sure. Particularly my REI half dome 2. I feel that the 3lbs is definitely worth it. I only use it for a spike camp style of hunting though, usually 5 day stretches. If I was doing out of the pack style where I set camp in a new spot every night and always have all of my gear on me... then I would get a bivy myself.
  6. Cowboythunder

    Cowboythunder Member LRH Team Member

    May 27, 2018
    I like a 3 season double wall. You have to watch all tents for condensation but the single wall tents are more prone to leaving you with a wet sleeping bag in the morning in my experience...
  7. JonnyB

    JonnyB Member

    Jul 3, 2018
    Currently run a 3 season (single and double wall) freestanding one man tent year round. Looking for a new tent at the end of this year though. I am thinking about getting the new Stone Glacier tent with the mesh insert for early season hunts. May go with a tipi though for the stove ability. Decisions, decisions.