What are the Most Important Features to Look For?
There is no single right tent for hunters because it all depends on the conditions you will be facing. What you need is a tent that can suit the conditions and environment you will be using it in. Hunting for western elk for instance, takes place around September where you will be exposed to very high temperatures, snow, rain and otherwise wet conditions.
Hunting in October and the latter part of the year means you will be exposed to even colder weather and heavy snow, so the ideal tent for hunters is one that can handle adverse weather conditions.
If you had to name three must-have features, they would be plenty of standing room, lots of protection from bugs and weather resistance. While those are the most important there are other features you need to consider such as the following.
Your tent needs to be comfortable enough for you to sleep in, and that means there has to be enough room for everyone to be comfortable without sacrificing the space needed for hunting gear. If you have been hunting for a while you know the tent is more than just a tent as it’s also the spot where you eat, drink and socialize with your buddies, and it’s especially important when the weather is less than ideal.
The available space advertised for these tents refer to the sleeping area, and to be more specific, how many people can sleep inside the tent on the ground. Putting cots inside the tent will eat up considerable space. There’s also the question of much gear you’re going to bring along as that consumes a lot of space as well.
To give you an example: a size 9 tent allows up to 9 people to sleep on the ground comfortably, but if each one brings a lot of hunting equipment this number might be reduced to 8. However, this tent can only fit around 3 or 4 cots: you could probably squeeze in one or more cots if you like, but it’s going to be at the expense of mobility and comfort.
If you’re going to use cots, get as large a tent as practically possible; a size 15 can comfortably fit half a dozen cots and still provide room for up to 8 chairs. You don’t need to go this big if you’re hunting with a small group but otherwise go for it.
Some hunting tents for sale are shaped in such a way that cots can be tucked in near the tent’s edges, a convenient design as standing room there is not required. This also means the middle area of the tent is free for you to walk, stand and move around comfortably. However there needs to be at least a couple of feet space behind each cot where your gear and other personal belongings can be stored.
Materials and DurabilityThere are a lot of durable and heavy duty tents you can use for hunting. As far as materials are concerned, the stronger the better, and your best options are lightweight nylon fabric and cotton/poly canvas. If you’re really looking for top of the line you cannot go wrong with a canvas tipi, as that is the choice of hunters, professional outdoor guides and other outdoor enthusiasts.
If you cannot get your hands on a tipi tent, look for a tent made of canvas or other durable materials with a high weight to tear strength (the higher the better). Poorly made canvas tents are heavy, but the superior ones are lightweight and breathable, and they are water resistant and capable of withstanding adverse weather.
The most durable tent for hunters use cotton/polyester canvas with long cotton fibers and waterproof polyester fibers. You can find this information in a tent’s product description, where you will also see they have a high thread count and a very tight weave. High quality tents also treat each individual fiber strand with UV protection and wager repellent before it’s even woven into place.
Other Considerations for Hunting Tents
Always consider the circumstances by which you’re going to go hunting as well your needs and those of your fellow hunters. There are small ones suitable for one or two people, and others that are 12 feet high and 20 feet in diameter. While there are notable differences among these tents, all the good ones are supplied with a waist belt and backpack for carrying convenience.
The weight depends on the size and construction but most of them weigh no more than 45 lbs. maximum. If you’re a seasoned hunter, carrying this weight around should not pose any problems. Avoid the typical wall tent as they weigh more than a hundred pounds and require multiple bags for the poles and other components. If you’re going to use one of these you’re going to need a pick up truck.
Set up and take down is just as important: a large tent should be easy enough for a single person to set up and take down. If you are hunting with a group this might not seem like a big issue, but if there’s an emergency and you need to suddenly take the tent down it’s going to be an issue. Lastly, don’t forget about heating and ventilation especially if it’s summertime.
Hunting tents come with different warranty lengths, and the longer it is, obviously the more enticing. Buying a high quality tent for hunting might cost more than the usual, but since you’re going to use it regularly, don’t settle for anything less.