Sitka Mountain Gear
Tent Selection
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Empty Freezer 03-Dec-18
Treeline 03-Dec-18
Jaquomo 03-Dec-18
Empty Freezer 03-Dec-18
Treeline 03-Dec-18
Jaquomo 03-Dec-18
Peej 03-Dec-18
ohiohunter 03-Dec-18
Native Okie 04-Dec-18
Elkoholic 04-Dec-18
Ermine 04-Dec-18
Ermine 04-Dec-18
Mule Power 04-Dec-18
Mule Power 04-Dec-18
WV Mountaineer 04-Dec-18
Amoebus 04-Dec-18
Rocky D 04-Dec-18
Empty Freezer 04-Dec-18
JCarrowthem 04-Dec-18
Treeline 04-Dec-18
olebuck 04-Dec-18
320 bull 04-Dec-18
GBTG 04-Dec-18
BOWNUT 04-Dec-18
South Farm 05-Dec-18
South Farm 05-Dec-18
Empty Freezer 05-Dec-18
tradhntr 05-Dec-18
03-Dec-18
So anybody have a suggestion for a tent to use in the AZ January hunt. Maybe in the $2-$300 range. Rain can be heavy at times and gets down in the 30's. I would like to use my heater buddy as well. 2 Person. Thanks

From: Treeline
03-Dec-18
Hell! It’s Arizona! Go cheap!

Whatever you have will be better than 99.9% of the illegals and drug runners coming up from Mexico!

Have slept on the ground in a bag or rolled up in a blanket many nights in December and January hunting down there - even in the high country! Have had a bit of snow to contend with a few times in the Chiricahuas and up near the rim but that would have to be less than 5% of the time down there over the last 30 years.

About like September in the high country of Colorado.

Enjoy. One of the best deer hunts left in North America!

From: Jaquomo
03-Dec-18
A Buddy heater will cook you in a 2 man tent.

03-Dec-18
Last year we froze are butts off. Heater buddy might be a little much. Keep em comin..

From: Treeline
03-Dec-18
A few years back (2011 I think) there were four hunters that died in a tent in Arizona with one of those propane heaters.

If you have 2 people, look for a big cabin type tent with room for gear. I prefer a really big tent to have plenty of room unless backpacking where weight is a premium.

From: Jaquomo
03-Dec-18
Maybe up your budget a bit and look for a used Kifaru tipi with a small woodstove? If you don't like it you can sell it for what you paid.

From: Peej
03-Dec-18
Kodiak canvas 10x14. You wont be sorry.

From: ohiohunter
03-Dec-18
Since it sounds like a truck camp Cabelas had their guide tents on sale, well worth a look. Whatever you do do not fall asleep with the heater on, I knew 2 guys who did. RIP Jerry and Griz

From: Native Okie
04-Dec-18
Kodiak Canvas.

From: Elkoholic
04-Dec-18
Love my Kodiak canvas

From: Ermine
04-Dec-18
When I went down to the AZ desert I used a Kifaru tipi with wood burning stove. Sometimes it’s pretty warm out down there. Other times it’s pretty chilly and the stove was nice when it was cold

From: Ermine
04-Dec-18
When I went down to the AZ desert I used a Kifaru tipi with wood burning stove. Sometimes it’s pretty warm out down there. Other times it’s pretty chilly and the stove was nice when it was cold

From: Mule Power
04-Dec-18

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Bigger is better if weight isn’t an issue. Especially if you want to heat it. I’ll sell you my Marmot Halo 6 person for $350. Thee halo frame design pulls the walls out nearly vertically for more usable floor space. Comes with footprint too.

From: Mule Power
04-Dec-18

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Without rain fly

04-Dec-18
Browning glacier 4 man is what I use now. Sleeps two on cots plus heat beautifully. I use a buddy heater set on low and vent the roof and sides. We put our tote of hunting clothes at our heads usingbtgem as a night stand and pillow holder. Use the back vestibule for 20 lb propane tank to run the heater and any excess gear. You wake up toasty warm with enough room to make it work. We usually stay two weeks in it. So, it’s not cramped.

From: Amoebus
04-Dec-18
Empty - will this tent be next to your truck? Backpacked in? That is going to make a big difference in the type of tent recommended.

If next to the truck here in MN, I usually bring my pop-up ice fishing setup - they now have quilted sides/roof that will help to keep the heat in. They also have vents to let out the fumes from heaters. They don't have a floor which might invite AZ critters in to get warm (I am thinking spiders/scorpions/snakes/etc) - but maybe those are not a problem in winter?

From: Rocky D
04-Dec-18

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It doesn’t get cold enough for Me to sleep with a heater on in a tent. There are to many horror stories for me to practice what typically would be unnecessary.

Obviously, Empty doesn’t want to bust the bank by stating his price point.

X2 treeline, a cabin tent works very well in Arizona. I used on exclusively for three years. It worked for hunting and camping with the family. Mine was Eureka but their are plenty that will work and are within the stated budget. A tarp or two will provide protection from the rain and will make a good rain fly for a cooking area.

I was in this same position this summ when I realized that my cabin style tent was toast. I replaced it with a Cabela’s 6 man guide tent for it’s greater versatility but by no means was it better than the cabin style tent for ease of setup and overall use. Luckily I found it on sale for a hundred dollars off.

My best hunt in Arizona actually was without a tent at all. Two tarps served me well in the San Francisco peaks in September.

January in Arizona can bring cold temps so I typically used a heater for going to bed and getting up in the morning to knock off the chill.

The pic is when I was breaking camp this past September in New Mexico. Many tents would have worked well.

I think if I were you my biggest concern would be getting the best bang for the buck and would provide good follow on use that is why I chose the Guide tent.

04-Dec-18
Thanks for all your ideas guys. It will be a truck camp. I will check out these tents today while at work ??

From: JCarrowthem
04-Dec-18
Just picked up a rei kingdome 4 on sale for $285 looks good for 2 guys with cots

From: Treeline
04-Dec-18

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Not bad, but can be smoky
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Not bad, but can be smoky
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Bivy for backpack hunting - bit better than laying by the fire and keeps any critters out of your sleeping bag
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Bivy for backpack hunting - bit better than laying by the fire and keeps any critters out of your sleeping bag
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Truck camping is nice! About froze to death in this canyon, though. It was cold!
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Truck camping is nice! About froze to death in this canyon, though. It was cold!

From: olebuck
04-Dec-18
i have a kodiak flex bow 10x14.

i use a cot, and a Mr. Buddy heater - its a lock. it will run out of the tent on high - toasty warm.

From: 320 bull
04-Dec-18
I have the 10x10 kodiak and really like it. Have not had it in any heavy rain yet so jury is still out on that. 2 guys and xl cots make it tight but the only thing to do in a tent is sleep anyway. Everything else we do outside under a tarp. We moved our camp last year and we had done in an hr all total without the drive time. Super fast and easy to setup.

From: GBTG
04-Dec-18
Listen to everyone telling you Kodiak Canvas 10 x 14 and buddy heater.....you'll thank us later.

From: BOWNUT
04-Dec-18
Get the Kodiak. You have the heater it's all you will ever need.

From: South Farm
05-Dec-18

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10x14 Kodiak...like hunting out of the Hilton!

From: South Farm
05-Dec-18

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05-Dec-18
I just purchased my Kodiak 4 Man Deluxe Tent for $469 on Amazon. Thanks for all of your input and "highly intellectual" advice.. See you in AZ

From: tradhntr
05-Dec-18
The four of us take my 12x20 cabelas alaknak tent with double burner propane heater perfect to turn on in the morning to take the chill off the 12x12 would be perfect for 2 guys.

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