I live within biking distance of the trailhead I access from. So I set up a tent on the opposite end of the canyon. Depending on which direction the wind is going to come from I either stay home if it is from the S/SW or sleep in the tent if it is from the N/NW . It is a 3 season backpacking tent. From where I set up camp I can glass a bunch of excellent browse areas and have good acess to a creek bottom that is only accessable on foot.
I also stash a bivy sack. If the game has been pushed I can rally out and head on after them without having to break down camp.
Yes I do, 16 X 20 cook tent, 12 X 14 sleep tent and a couple 12 X 12 Colemans for spiking, dependent on how many people are going or how long camp will be up (soometimes our wall tents will be up from Mid Sept until late Oct.
They are in areas not legally accessible by bicycles or motoized.
This year may not be out so long becuase I may go into the Selway for only a week or two instead of hunting elk local, just to see some new country.
Spent every season tent camping for many years, until the dog ate the bottom of our tent. I repaired that tent many times but I think it's seen its last days. We should invest in a new one and might someday. Now we either tent trailer camp, cabin or small tent, that we backpack in with. Some good memories in that old, heavy army tent. We usually didn't run the propane at night and took turns lighting the propane in the mornings at 0 dark 30. Wish I had a video of us shaken like a quakie leaf, waiting for those burners to light in our unders @ 20 below. LOL!
I've done some cushy wall tents with heaters and cots and also backpacked in with a four season two-man tent. Taking the latter route with my 14 year old son in the San Juan's this year--will be at a higher elevation than before, likely 10,500. This is the situation to ensure that we hunt areas uphill of our trail used for packing out ;0
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...