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.