What Makes a Good Hunting Tent

What Makes for a Good Hunting Tent?

Hunting is one of the most popular sports in the country. It is a great way for men and women to get out into nature, spend some time with family and friends, and bring home some good meat. With hunting’s growing popularity, there are more and more products out there to try and make the hunt more enjoyable, more efficient, and more comfortable. Out of all the products you can by though, there are few as essential a good hunting tent, and since the tent is so vital, we are going to address the question, “What makes a good hunting tent?” to help hunters like you make the right decision.


Space is one of the most important features that makes a good hunting tent. Whether you want to store gear or want more space for people to come along with you, you are going to want to have enough space. Now, when we say you want space in your tent, we aren’t talking about just floorspace, we are talking about headroom as well. Headroom is such an important part of comfort, and something that a lot of people take for granted. So, when it comes to buying a hunting tent, we definitely suggest that you stick with buying a canvas tent— also known as wall tents. These will give you both floorspace and headroom giving you the best of both worlds, and, more importantly, keeping you comfortable.


When it comes to hunting tents, another feature you should always consider is how heavy the tent is. Canvas tents, though they may be made out of heavy duty materials, are actually quite light. If you have it all packed in a convenient bag, it shouldn’t weigh too much. They obviously can’t compare with those less-than-one-pound tents you buy for backpacking, but they aren’t unbearably heavy either. However, the poles do make it a bit more of a challenge for some circumstances. If you are going to hike into your location at all, then a canvas tent may not be the best option for you, but, if you have an ATV or are taking the truck all the way in, then a canvas tent will do the trick without putting any strain on your vehicle.

Durable and Reliable

If there is one thing to be said about hunting tents it is that they sure better be durable. With the mixture of harsh weather, loads of gear, and repeatedly being folded, unfolded, set up and taken down, a tent needs to be able to take a beating. Most dome tents you will find at the store will probably not do the trick. They may be alright for normal camping if you are really easy on them and only use them once a year. However, if you plan on taking it hunting at all, you had best invest in a more durable, and reliable tent. Again, canvas tents are the way to go in our opinion when it comes to reliability since they won’t tear or rip easily.

Easy to Set up

Something that a lot of people don’t realize is a big deal until it’s too late is the difficulty of assembly. There are some tents that are more difficult to assemble than an armoire from Ikea. So, while you are looking around for the perfect tent, be sure to check out the assembly instructions while you are at it. We would suggest not buying anything that takes more than two people to put together so you aren’t left out to in the rain if it’s just you and a buddy. Another reason why difficulty of assembly is so important is because, after a long drive into camp, no one wants to take the time to set up a complicated tent before they can go to bed.


Price is a really big issue for a lot of people when it comes to buying hunting gear. Especially after they’ve slapped down a couple hundred dollars on their gun or bow, food, and so on. So, it is important to find a tent that can take meets all the other criteria we’ve discussed, while still coming in at a price point that doesn’t break the bank. Here at Elk Mountain Tents, we feel like we have solved that problem— not to toot our own horn or anything. Our tents are not only good quality, but are also inexpensive. Before you are done here, be sure to check them out. We are sure you are going to like them.


Keeping warm on a hunting trip is another big issue that hunters always need to consider. When you are using a normal tent you are limited to the warmth that a sleeping bag can provide. However, if you invest in a canvas tent, you can usually add a wood burning stove to it without much trouble. Most canvas tents come with a whole cut into the roof so you can send the pipe for the stove out while you enjoy the heat inside. It is a great arrangement. If you do it right, sometimes you can even cook some of your food inside the tent on your wood burning stove. That way you get to stay out of the cold while you are scrambling your morning eggs.


As you can probably guess, we really suggest buying a canvas hunting tent. They really are the way to go when it comes to choosing a good hunting tent. Quality hunting tents are valuable assets to have, even if you don’t go hunting that often. There are thousands of different uses for them as well. So, needless to say, investing in a canvas tent will not be a purchase that you will regret. They are great if you like to go camping, sell things at fairs or conventions, or just need a shaded area for a family barbeque— the possibilities are endless. Give us a call or shoot us an email today if you have any further questions, and be sure to check out the list of features each of our canvas tents have to offer before you go.

Campers vs Tents

Why You Need a Hunting Tent

If you like to hunt, fish, camp, raft or do anything else outdoors, for that matter, then you really should consider buying a hunting tent for your next trip. Now, we know there are plenty of different tents out there, some of which are pretty well priced even, but hear us out: your trip will be 10 times more enjoyable with a hunting tent. Why? Because hunting tents are some of the best and most comfortable tents you can buy. We’re getting ahead of ourselves though. Below, we have a list of 4 reasons why you want a hunting tent for you next outdoor adventure.

Hunting Tents are Roomy

It is no surprise that a hunting tent will give you a lot more room than a standard dome tent that you’d find at the department store. They are easily 2 to 3 times the size, in both floor space and headroom, giving you a lot more room to work with. More space is always better.  Let’s take a look at the benefits of having a roomier tent because the reasons may be more substantial than you might think.

More room for people and gear

The most obvious reason that a bigger tent is better is that they can fit more people. With more space means you can take more of your buddies out with you, or you can at least bring less tents. However, while this is great, the real benefit of extra space has to go to ability to bring in more gear.

Just think about it, if you don’t have enough space in your tent for your gear, you’ll have to set up a whole new tent for it, or leave it in the truck (which is sometimes not possible). In a situation where you don’t have room in the tent, don’t have a second tent, and the truck is a mile or so down the road, you are faced with two terrible options: you can either try and cram all your gear in your tent or you can leave it outside with a covering to protect it from the elements. Both of these options, which can work, put your gear at risk of being damaged. If you had a proper hunting tent, though, then it is less likely to be an issue since you have the added room.

More room to work if things need to be fixed

While we are on the subject of gear, let’s talk about what inevitably happens on every trip: something gets broken— and it always happens at the worst time too. With a hunting tent, though, you won’t have to try and work on your broken gear outside where dirt, water, and grime can creep in and make matters worse, you can simply set up a small table in your tent and instantly have more than adequate work space.

More room for a stove

Another benefit of having more space is that you can also fit a stove inside the tent. We’ll cover this a little more later, but honestly, having a stove in your tent makes a world of difference when the cold comes rolling in. Putting a heater in a normal dome tent is dangerous, but with a hunting tent, it is safe and easy to do.

Hunting Tents are Warmer

Like we said before, hunting tents have plenty of room for a stove, making them 10 times warmer than that of a dome tent. Usually these stoves are wood burning stoves, that way you don’t have to worry about bringing fuel. These stoves will radiate heat throughout the tent while pumping its smoke out a small exhaust pipe through the roof of the tent. However, it isn’t just the stove that makes it warmer, the material it is made of plays a big role as well.

Thanks to the thick walls of your hunting tent, the wind and the rain won’t get to you nearly as much as any other tent. That means you will have no more gusty nights or dripping roofs robbing you of sleep. We recommend a polyester canvas material for your tent since it now has the same breathability as cotton canvas but doesn’t require UV sun treatments or waterproofing and is incapable of rotting.

Hunting Tents are More Comfortable

As you can probably already tell, the extra space and warmth of a hunting tent equate to greater comfort while out on a trip. You won’t be cramped or cold, and you’ll find yourself getting a much better night’s sleep as well. After a long day of trekking around the wilderness, you will be able to lie down and rest in comfort while you enjoy the still of the night.

Hunting Tents will Last Longer

When you compare a hunting tent to a normal dome tent it is almost certainly going to last longer than its department store counterpart. This is especially true when you are comparing a polyester canvas hunting tent from Elk Mountain Tents to a standard dome tent. The sturdy design of the canvas and frame make our tents superior in every way to a big-box store dome tent and will last significantly longer too. A hunting tent will not tear or rip as easily as other tents, nor will it degrade after only a year or two of moderate to heavy use. Our unique synthetic canvas, in particular, has a significantly higher rip and tear strength than even cotton canvas. In the end, investing in better tent can more economical, saving your wallet for years to come.

There are plenty more reasons why you need a hunting tent for your next outdoor trip, but these are probably the most agreed upon. If you do any more research into the benefits of a hunting tent, you will find that there are many people that are passionate about their hunting tents and can give you mile long lists of reasons why everyone should buy one. But, you never will know for yourself unless you buy one and try it out! Check out our inventory of different canvas hunting tents to see which one would be right for you. If you have any questions about the tents check out our FAQ page or shoot us an email at [email protected].