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NOTAKD's picture
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hunting camp advice

First time poster here.  I am going to be hunting 2nd rifle in western CO this year and should be camping between 9 and 10000ft, best guess.  There will be 7 of us and we are looking into getting wall tents or somthing like that.  I am looking for info from experienced western high country campers/hunters.  I am from Ohio and sleep in a P.O.S. camper when deer hunting and am 10min from the nearest town.  Big difference I suspect between here and there.  I heard propane can make the tent sweat, kerosene puts to much smell off and wood is best etc.....  What, how, where etc should we buy, stuff to bring that is a neccessity, what you just dont need or whats just nice to have.  How big of a tent, should we get a seperate cook tent?  We will be camping close to road. There will be guys that have been there before but slept in trailers or trucks and never tent camped with a big group.

Thanks for any input. 

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Location: Ajo, Arizona
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NOTAKD, I sent you an e-mail

NOTAKD, I sent you an e-mail

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Location: Colorado
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We're in the same boat

In most of my camps lately there have been six or seven guys.  We make do with a small separate cook tent(maybe 8 by 10 or 8 by 12) and a large 17.5 foot square GP small canvas army tent.  It sleeps six or seven plus 2 or 3 dogs just fine.  We do not have a floor and use one large propane heater (canvas breathes just fine, you shouldn't have condensation issues) plus a couple of small ones.  But our tent also has a vent on top.  We haven't been using a wood or coal stove, but we intend to with our "new" tent.  Coal is supposed to be the best for heating with a stove.

If you are going to sleep on a coat, you will need extra blankets.  All that air underneath you will make it difficult to stay warm.  Put a wool blanket underneath you.  If you sleep on a pad on the ground you will be fine.  Some guys like to put straw bedding down on the ground, but most places we camp have lots of grass for padding when combined with a basic sleeping pad.

Last year's set up:

We couldn't get a trailer up to this spot, so we had to ride the horses in from the bottom of the mountain and unload the horse trailer onto several other trucks.  Large tents take a lot of room, so make sure you can get it up there if you are bringing a trailer.  They also take up a large footprint, so make sure you know of a place with room for your set up.

NOTAKD's picture
Location: Ohio
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man that looks awesome. i

man that looks awesome. i have a new coleman tent to use for a cook tent but am worried about it falling apart if weather gets bad.  bought it at target.  we are thinking about getting 2 14x16 wall tents and marrying them together.  what kind of tent you guys getting. where we are going it will be 45 min plus to nearest town to get propane, supplies and to use phones.  we are going to be out there for the 2nd rifle.  how big of tank did you have and how much did it go through?  y are u switching to wood/coal?  how cold would it get and did the tent keep it warm and toasty or barable with buddies.  going to sleep on a cot.  i have an old military mummy sack and have slept under a rock out cropping here in ohio and woke up the next day to the weather radio saying it was 4 degrees F out.  glad i did it but wont do it again.  it got stupid cold with the high humidity and the 6in of snow too. anyway thanks for the advice.  we want to make this a great trip and dont want to get there and have an oh crap moment and be up crap creek.

Location: Bend, Oregon
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If you are going with wall

If you are going with wall tents use the woods stove.  Propane is kind of nice in the middle of the night but if you have a good stove, you can keep the fire going all night no problem.  We stay comfortable in ours in 10 below.  Wood for the stove is easy to replinish.  

Are you renting or buying? 

 brand new wall tents are a big investment but will last for years.  Mines been used for more than 30 years.  I'm starting to look at new ones but it still works just fine.  There are guys that rent equipment if you wanted to try it for a year first.   

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Ross outdoors

Im not sure if you have a Ross outdoors, but that is someone who rents wall tents here in AZ. They are a outstanding store that offers great deals on anything form Bino's to tents. Worth checking into, because of the investment or price of new.

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Kerosene BAD

Just read your post and it reminded me of a year we took kerosene for a heat source.Works great on low elevation but on the mountain we 'bout froze to death.(no oxygen)Burned like crap.The smell killed the hunt. Five days of hearing animals crashing threw the trees.

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Location: Ohio
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never thought of that... good

never thought of that... good advice, thanks

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Colorado 2008 Elk camp

We set up camp at 10,500 ft on a mesa in CO and i all ways premake the coffee and leave it in the sleeping tent so in the morning i just fire it up and it quickly warms the tent up. As for heaters in the tent a few shots of wiskey works just fine, we usually dont have time to lounge in the tent were there to hunt elk. We take other small tents to put our gear in. I use large plastic tubs with lids for all supplies and close. I even rigged up a shower by using a bucket and a boat's sub pump and a 12volt truck battery, and small garden hose with nozzle. All's we did was warm the water at night on the fire pit.


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Location: california
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I hunted several times in

I hunted several times in Idaho, with parties of six or more a seperate cook tent is a must with room to eat in it is nice. You don't realize how much extra room is nice till everyone is trying to dry clothes out, and just get out of the foul weather when in camp. Its just my son and I this year so i'm not as worried about room.

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A couple of things that

A couple of things that nobody has mentioned yet is about 200' of rope and a couple of the blue plastiic tarps that are at least 20x20.  If it is good weather you can always hang one up and  do all your cooking under it instead of a tent.  Not to mention that it would be a nice place just to sit out of the sun or a light rain  storm and they even make a fairly good laundry area to dry out clothing. 

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