By the time the rut rolls around in northern states there are roughly 10 hours of daylight in a 24 hour period. That means that there are 14 hours of darkness. 14 hours of cold. 14 hours of not hunting. And, assuming you sleep 8 of those hours, that still leaves 6 hours of darkness. What’s a hunter to do with those 6 hours? Two words…Wall tent.
Hunting camp is one of your favorite times of the year, so it’s important to maximize your enjoyment for the whole time…not just while you’re hunting.
Sure, you could crack open a case of blaze orange Busch beer and have a bonfire…but that requires a lot of wood and working your way through a case of Busch doesn’t exactly make sense if your goal is to be 4 miles from the road at first light.
It can be downright cold during late season hunts across the northern tier of the U.S., so counting on an outdoor fire and a regular tent with warm bag doesn’t quite cut it. Plus, just being in the open air can wear a person down, especially if it comes at the end of a hard day spent chasing critters.
So what’s the answer? You’re not rich, so you can’t afford to stay at a swanky ranch. Even a decent Airbnb can break the bank since you’ll be staying for a week. You can’t justify purchasing a sprinter van or camper trailer for just a couple of weeks a year. And, as much as you’d like to tell yourself, “Ah, I’ll just go to bed early” – the fact of the matter is that, this trip, this hunt, has been occupying your mind for months and will burn up a lot of your vacation time, so you want to maximize your experience. Memories are made at camp as much as they are in the woods, so having a place to hang after dark is key.
A Wall Tent Is The Perfect Choice
The answer, of course, is a wall tent. Wall tents are a home away from home. A place where, even if it’s 5 degrees, you can enjoy a cocktail with friends next to a wood burning stove in sweats and slippers.
I’ve hunted with 2 good buddies for over a decade now. For the first couple of years we didn’t have a wall tent – and we didn’t know what we were missing. We’d hunt elk all day only to return to camp, where we’d quickly cook a meal outside in the elements and then crawl in the back of my buddy’s topper-covered truck bed. We’d sip whisky and listen to satellite radio, wishing we were tired enough to just go to bed.
Then we bought a wall tent – a 14’ by 17’ wall tent – and everything changed. It is absolutely the perfect size for 3 adults. We each have a cot and a few bins of gear that line the back wall. A 6-foot folding table acts as our kitchen and sits off to the right as you walk into the tent. To the left is a wood burning stove with 3 camp chairs around it. A lantern hangs from the center of the tent, its whirring sound and yellow light giving the tent a homey feeling.
We’ve had this wall tent for 6 years now, so we have the process down. We can pull into our campsite and get the tent erected, lantern glowing, stove cranking heat, cocktails poured and evening attire donned in exactly 1 hour. Each person knows exactly what needs to be done and does it.
The elements can really wear on you, so knowing that after a long hunt in snow, rain and cold, you’ll return to a warm shelter that holds everything you need is a legit comfort.
What’s more: a wall tent won’t break the bank. For less than $3,000 you can get a metal frame, canvas tent, and stove with pipe. Take care of this gear and it’ll last you for 20 or 30 years.
You won’t need to add on to your garage to store this wall tent either. It’ll fit in the corner of your garage or in the rafters and you’ll never even know it’s there.
Wall Tents— Not Just For Hunting Anymore
Something else to note about wall tents: you can use them outside of hunting season. A wall tent is still a tent, and anywhere a regular old tent works, a wall tent will work too…only better. Planning a trip to the beach this summer? A wall tent with wood-burning stove will allow you to dry your swim trunks. Planning a spring fishing trip and want a place to hang out in case it rains? A wall tent has you covered. I’ve used my wall tent at weddings, for ice fishing, at home when we have more guests than can fit in the house, on multi-day float trips and for parties where it becomes a make-shift bar.
Wall tents truly are a game changer.
Let’s face it, we love hunting because of all the aspects of hunting: the hunt, the camaraderie, the food, the jokes, the beer. You’ve put in the time to make sure the hunt is a success – get yourself a wall tent and make sure camp is a success too.