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How primitive is your camp?

I have been in a lot of different hunt camps ranging from a bunch tents all the way up to 5 campers. I also have bivy hunted where there wasn't really much of a camp at all. I would say our average camp has atleast one camper but consists of mostly tents/tipis with stoves and cots. Electronics are limited to a radio to pick up the broncos game. No portable showers or anything here... just warm up water in a pan.

How about generators? How many have those in camp? They are convenient but they sure do make a racket.

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We used to hunt from a 19

We used to hunt from a 19 foot camper trailer, but  few years back my wife bought me a wall tent and it has been all down hill from there.....in a good way.  We went from alot of luxuary to a real primitive camp...all I can is it has made elk camp alot more fun.  Feels more like hunting when in a tent with a nice fire going in the stove.  our first year in the tent was a shock as to what you need..especially when it comes to drying clothes.  The most un primitve thing we may use is a heater on top of a 20lb propane bottle...use in the cooking area.  Other than that not a whole lot of luxurys.  My dad was a little skeptic at first about huting out of a tent, but I think he has really started to enjoy it.

As far as agenerator goes, we do take one but it has to leave tghe trailer...we take it just in case we have to charge a truck battery or some other emergency!

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no camp

I don't have a camp of my own since I am blessed with the opportunity to do most of my hunting when I step out of my door.  So I guess you caould say that when I hunt I usually have "all teh comforts of home"!

When I hunted out west I stayed with a friend at his house and hunted his land, so it was the exact same situation.

Even in Affrica, I stayed in my professional hunter's home and started hunting as soon as we looked out of the bedroom window in the morning.

I did stay in a buddy's RV while hunting with him once.  That was more comfortable than teh trailer my family lived in when I was a kid!

On the far end of the spectrum - in Alaska we "spke camped" with nothing but a tarp to lay on and fold over our sleeping bags.  It worked, but wasn't very comfortable and definitely was not something that I want to do for more than a day or two at a time!

I'm perfectly willing to "rough it" but looking back, I really haven't done much of it - unless you count the years I was a scout master..but that's another story all together!

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For me it all depends on the

For me it all depends on the time of year and what I am chasing after. 

My camps have ranged from nothing but a tarp on the ground and a blanket to a full blown camper.  I think that the ones that were the most enjoyable were the ones that we just made a lean-too to sleep in and use a open campfire to cook our food on.  But those times were a few years ago and since then I have learned to enjoy the comforts of a nice bed or at least a cot and a warm sleeping bag.  Not to mention propane to cook with and not eatting right out of the soup can that I had just heated up over the fire. 

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I also agree with

I also agree with Critter.

I've done solo DIY camps for elk, moose, and bighorn sheep with a "pup" tent on my back to a wall tent carried in on my horses.

I've done many elk hunts with friends where we packed one or more wall tents in with our horses.

One year five of us took an umbrella tent to the Aleutian Penninsula on a DIY fly in drop camp caribou hunt.

I've done some hunts where I slept in the back of my Subaru or in the back of my pickup with a topper shell.

After one eastern Montana antelope hunt with a buddy where we stayed in a motel one night, then in my wall tent in two different places, I decided to buy a cab over slip in camper for my pick up.  I've used that camper for the last 10 antelope hunts and our camp will include sometimes another pickup camper, one or two wall tents, an umbrella tent, a pull camp trailer, and several pup or dome tents.  I usually take my Coleman generator, but like was mentioned, it's loud.

I'm also lucky enough to be able to hunt out of my back door, and I've shot several deer and elk on the hill behind my house. 

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I'm with critter...it all

I'm with critter...it all depends on the hunt and season!

From everything on my back, to everything I can possibly fit into my truck and trailer!Thumbs up

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here is my typical camp

here is my typical camp

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Not roughing it anymore.

Back in the day . . . I used to hunt out of a green "umbrella" tent - I'm sure many of you remember those.

  We used a three-burner Coleman stove both for heat and cooking.

  When my brother in law came back from VietNam, he made two promises to himself:

1) Never sleep in a tent again

2) Never be out in the rain with a rifle in his hands.

Well, the 2nd year after he was back, I was responsible for him breaking both promises. Whistling

I have also satyed at a motel and hunted by the day out of the room.

The last few years I have been hunting in luxury - the wood-stove heated lake cabin of my good friend, Ed.

All the comforts there, including microwave and hot showers.

Next Fall, I'll be heading to Wyoming in our 5th wheel camper with another buddy and his wife in theirs.

We will have a generator, mainly to run the little machine that will refill her oxygen tanks (she has had lung surgery and the altitude requires her to use more than normal amount of 02).

Tim - I like your teepees - that looks like a neat way to go (for a younger guy!).

 

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varies.   Couple of big tents

varies.

 

Couple of big tents and a EZ Up canopy for the kitchen last year, this will probably be the most common way I set up camp.

This year I lucked out and my boss invited me to hunt his ranch and stay in his cabin with all the amenities.

Would like to get a 20ish ft camper at some point though.

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varies.   Couple of big tents

varies.

 

Couple of big tents and a EZ Up canopy for the kitchen last year, this will probably be the most common way I set up camp.

This year I lucked out and my boss invited me to hunt his ranch and stay in his cabin with all the amenities.

Would like to get a 20ish ft camper at some point though.

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Varies

When I for myself I use a variety of camps. From a camp brought in on my back, to an RV camp for bear/fish, to a horse pack in camp , to no camp at all except a fire.Thumbs up

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