Just got into elk hunting? Looking for a tent to stay in for extended trips away from home? Then look no further!
We have had a look at the different types of tents that hunters like to use and selected ones that are perfect for base camps and ones that are perfect for hunters who like to backpack.
Check out our recommendations below to see what hunting tent suits your style, needs, budget, and size!
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|Material||Canvas||Silicon coated nylon||Poly canvas||Canvas||Kerlon 1200 fabric||Nylon||Nylon||Hydra- sheild canvas||Nylon|
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A good-quality traditionally made canvas wall tent that's tough, has a stove jack and has the floor and poles included in the price.
Best hot teepee for backpacking hunters. Lightest, most portable teepee with excellent ventilation, great waterproofing, stove jack, and quality parts.
A well-priced and robust roomy wall tent with quality parts and customer service that is perfect for a long-term hunting base.
Perfect for hunters, this large wall tent is made from a modern poly-cotton canvas with great breathability and superior waterproofing. Floor and poles sold separately.
The perfect tent for hunters on the move who need an easy-to-carry tent with a good space to weight ratio.
A high-quality tent that packs down super small for those hunters heading further out where space and weight are an issue.
A lightweight easy-to-put-up hammock tent with a stove jack to keep you warm for four-season hunting.
A high ceiling tent that works well as a base camp for hunters that want to be comfortable on the trip.
At a slightly higher price, but an ultralight tent that offers amazing quality for the price.
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- Tent floor and frame included in the package.
- Great, waterproofing, durability, and UV resistance
- Super durable canvas.
- Comes with a stove jack hole
- Windows to provide airflow & help prevent condensation
- Requires two people to set up
- Very heavy tent
- Needs a silicone stove jack
Also available in 8×10 ft, 10×12 ft, 12×14 ft, 14×16 ft, 16×20 ft, 16×24 ft.
The Whiteduck Alpha Canvas wall tent is a 4 season tent intended for long camps in all kinds of weather conditions. It has double-stitched seams, heavy-duty canvas, reinforced corners, and military-grade YKK zippers.
Note well; This is a HEAVY tent and can take more than two people to move it around and to set it up.
The White Duck Alpha is a high-quality heavy-duty canvas wall tent that is designed to keep you warm and dry in the worst types of weather. The sod flaps that extend a generous 8 inches will also help keep water away from the living area of the tent.
It has windows with three storm layers, storm flaps for the doors, eaves to keep water pouring onto the walls, and a tough polythene floor to keep you dry in a storm.
The hole for the stove jack doesn’t come with a stove jack, so make sure you grab one if you want to use a tent stove!
The large double doors are great if you have a lot of people or gear moving in and out and are great for summer airflow. The doors have built-in mesh for bug protection and a storm layer that buckles closed to keep you protected in adverse weather.
Overall – a well-priced and robust wall tent with quality parts and customer service.
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- Built-in stove jack
- Good top ventilation system
- Room for your gear if you’re not using the stove
- Inner mesh tent to keep bugs out
- No floor where the stove goes so less damage to the tent from heat.
- Lightweight at 3.2lbs.
- Most people can’t stand up inside this tent.
- Slightly more complex set up than similar small tents
The OneTigris Iron Wall tent is a roomy one-person tent or a cozy two-person tent. It’s not a three-person tent as advertised, especially with the inner mesh room and stove fired up.
The door’s zipper is right next to the hot stove, so you’ll need to be careful when using the door.
It’s quite a roomy little tent for one person, and the 3.2lbs weight makes it attractive to backpacking hunters who could easily ditch the pole to lose more weight.
The internal tent is made of mesh with a polythene floor and hangs from the outer tent. It is five-sided, so it can be challenging to sleep in this unusual shape with another person.
It’s great in winter with a stove and in summer for backpackers who want something more like a fair-weather tarp with insect protection.
Overall, it’s the best hot teepee for backpacking hunters. Lightest, most portable teepee with excellent ventilation, great waterproofing, stove jack, and quality parts.
- Super durable canvas blend
- Excellent waterproofing and UV resistance
- Comes with a stove jack
- Windows to help prevent condensation
- May require two people for setup
- Floor is an optional extra
- Doesn’t come with a frame (purchased separately here)
Available in 13x13ft, 13x16ft, 13x20ft
Significantly tougher than traditional canvas, the Elk Mountain Canvas Wall tent is made with a waterproof component woven into the cloth, this tent is going to withstand heavy rain and snow far better than canvas does, which is great for unexpected weather or all-year-round living with the family.
Each corner is also reinforced with double layers for extra strength and durability, the seams are double-stitched with strong zippers which helps it stand up well to wind, rain, and snow, something mentioned a lot by users of this tent.
Another great feature of this tent is the small built-in eaves where the roof overhangs the walls allowing water to fall to the ground rather than run down the walls for an extra layer of waterproofing.
Although tricky the first few times, this wall tent is easy to put up and pull down. Despite it being lighter than some other canvas materials, it is very large and will need two people to set it up.
This tent has an uncut stove jack that you can trim to fit the stovepipe that you have. It has 4, 5, and 6-inch circles sewn into it as cutting guides and reinforcing so you can use any size stove pipe that you want to.
For ventilation, there are four screened windows and two ceiling vents at the front and back that will keep the air flowing, suck away any smoke from the fire, and dry up condensation that could form at night with up to six sleeping people in the tent.
Overall, if you plan to camp, hunt, or live in it for extended periods, this well-made wall tent with superior waterproofing is well worth the price.
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- Comes with a stove Jack and sewn-in groundsheet
- Meshed doors and windows
- Four season tent
- Easy set up for one person in 30 minutes
- Shape handles wind well
- Windows don’t let in much natural light
- Very heavy to move, especially when wet
- Pole in the doorway can be obstructive
- Takes up a lot of room when packed
- Needs a spark-proof floor under the stove to protect the floor
The White Duck Regatta canvas bell tent is a yurt style tent that has tons of usable room inside with the 3’7” sides and the soaring center pole.
This is definitely a 4 season tent so if you are planning on hunting in Winter, this one is going to work for you. Add a stove and a spark-proof floor shield and this tent will keep you warm and cozy in the snow.
This tent comes in Brown, Olive, and Beige all good colors for blending into the environment. The darker colors will absorb a bit of heat which is great for winter hunting.
The vinyl floor will be easy to clean if mud gets inside, a bonus for wet conditions, and the high ceiling will make getting dressed and getting organized so much easier when you can stand up inside the tent properly.
Bell tents are famous for the amount of usable floor space due to the 3-foot walls whilst retaining the wind shedding abilities of their teepee-shaped top half.
Canvas tents can get a bit stuffy in the summer but if you plan to be out hunting all day, this is unlikely to be a problem for you. This tent does have dome vents as well as low meshed windows and two large D-shaped doors that are also meshed to keep small bugs and critters out.
Overall – an easy to put up, a robust tent that has a stove jack and four-season useability.
- Four season tent.
- Integrated storage pocket.
- 2.2m vestibule storage.
- Tunnel construction gives a fantastic weight to space ratio.
- Only 4 pegs needed to pitch the tent.
- Inner and outer tents can be pitched separately.
- Handles moisture and condensation well.
- Only 1m interior height – hard to stand up in.
- No stove jack for winter warmth.
- Fabric outer is noisy in the wind.
- Not the best with snow loading
- Not freestanding
- No insect protection but the fly does go to the ground creating a bug barrier.
The tunnel tent design gives you plenty of undercover area for your gear if it’s wet as well as a removable inner tent for sleeping in. It’s a great light portable hunting tent for those on the move.
A great feature of this tent is that you can put a second set of poles in the sleeves to increase the tent’s strength in case of adverse weather if you needed to so you can hunt, no matter what the weather.
There are four zips in the vestibule making multiple configurations for ventilation, access, and light, and the rainfly goes all the way to the ground which eliminates most splashback from driving rain as well as blocks wind and snow blow in.
At 5.3 pounds it’s perfect for Ultralight hunters who want to cut weight to carry other gear. This tent also performs well over a range of conditions making it very versatile across a wide range of climatic situations.
Overall – This is a tent for three-season hunters on the move who want the space but not the weight.
- Opens right up for breezy summer living
- Lots of room for two people and their gear
- Free standing dome tent
- Must close up the fly completely in the rain.
- Pre-bent poles can be tricky to pack and carry.
The latest Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1/2/3/4 person tent has been fully redesigned and upgraded. This tent is made from proprietary materials and hardware to create an ultra-light (1.5kgs) tent that packs down quite small but has all the benefits of a heavier tent.
The internal storage pockets work well for people staying in camp for a bit longer. There are overhead storage pockets, media pockets with holes for cords as well as a mezzanine bin type storage for bigger things.
The pre-bent poles this tent comes with are worth the slight extra hassle for the extra space and strength that they provide.
Overall – A high-quality tent that packs down super small for those hunters heading further out where space and weight are an issue.
- Quick and easy setup.
- Very waterproof
- Lightest wall tent
- Comes with a stove jack
- Doesn’t come with poles
- May require two people for setup
- Doesn’t come with a floor
- No mesh doors
- No windows
Perfect for a single hammock or two cot hunters, this tent is designed to be set up with a hammock suspended from trees with ropes and has guy lines that hold the tent in position, it’s perfect for extra space and protection for you and your gear.
This tent has all the advantages of sleeping off the rough, wet ground, and with a sod skirt to keep out the cold air and a stove jack to run a wood stove, it’s great for those who want to go hammock camping in Winter with room for all your supplies, a heat source, and a mate.
Be warned, there are no windows or mesh in this tent so use a hammock that is insect-proofed in the Summer months.
This tent does not have a floor, making it lighter again for people walking a bit further into the bush to hunt. It’s made from tough 70D nylon fabric which is light and can blow around a bit in the wind so make sure you stake it down properly.
The Tegimen does NOT come with tent poles so if you want to put it up as a traditional wall tent, you will need to make or purchase poles and an angle kit.
It does have a 3000mm hydrostatic head rating making it very waterproof and the zips are high quality and waterproof YKK brand.
Overall – a great tent for hammock sleepers who want a base camp with a wood stove and extra protection for gear that would normally be left outside in the weather.
- Double D doors on both sides for easy entry and exit for all sleepers
- Front awning for shade and shelter
- Two funnel-flow vents for air circulation
- Four meshed no-see-um windows
- Customisable storage pocket
- Easily set up by one person.
- Almost vertical walls giving more useable space
- Zippers seem to be a weak point
- Not a freestanding tent
- No bathtub floor
- Flooring is very heavy
- Have to step on the tent and leave footprints to put up the tent.
- It takes up a lot of room in the car boot.
A canvas camping tent with a different but easy to set up frame, the Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe is a great base tent for a couple of hunters.
With lots of room to stand up and a solid base on the floor, this canvas tent should stand up well to the rigors of a hunting base tent.
It weighs 58 pounds so you will need to set up your base camp near the car and take a decent mallet for the steel pegs.
This tent relies on the floor pegs and a unique pole system to stay up and as a result, it doesn’t have guy lines, which is great for people wandering around camp after dark.
The bag system is a set of cinch straps that solves the problem of stuffing this tent into a bag.
Overall – a high ceiling tent that works well as a base camp for hunters that want to be comfortable on the trip.
- Ultralight tent for backpacking hunting (2lb 5oz)
- Two doors for easy entry and exit.
- Two vestibules for gear storage.
- Great weatherproofing and tent pole materials.
- Easy and quick setup for one person.
- Mesh seems to break easily.
- Needs a footprint, sold separately, to increase the durability of the floor.
- Sitting room only inside. (39 inches / 98cms height)
If you are looking for a very lightweight tent for your backcountry hunting adventure then the Nemo Hornet 1/2P backpacking tent will do the trick.
The trade-off for the lightweight is the space. This is a tiny tiny tent and won’t have the comforts of a big canvas tent – but you will be able to move camp easily every night.
Whilst it is a top-shelf camping tent made with ultralight fabrics and a really strong and lightweight pole system, you will need to take care of it. The lightweight-ness comes at the cost of durability.
It has two large doors making it easy to store your gear on one side and sleep on the other without having to climb over your bed to get at it.
We feel you would be better off considering this a roomy one-person tent – especially as hunters typically have more gear than backpackers.
Overall – A great lightweight tent for hunters who want to travel and set up camp each day.
How will you be using your hunting tent?
What kind of tent you will need will depend on how you will be using your hunting tent. A big base tent works well if you are planning on staying in one area for a long time and coming back to camp each night.
For others that want to walk or drive further each day and need to carry or set up the tent each day, a smaller backpacking tent that is just used for sleeping might be a better option.
Tents can be camouflage patterns or colors that blend into the bush to hide your presence from the animals or brighter ones so that people can see you depending on how close to the hunting grounds you are camped. It might pay to leave the camo colors for the hunting blind.
Our rating criteria for top hunting tents
Our pick for the best hunting tent for base campers overall is the White Duck Wall tent. It has space, it’s tough, it can withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw at it and it comes with everything you need for the price.
If you are a solo hunter who wants to backpack during the cold hunting seasons and like to have a wood stove with you, then have a look at the One Tigris Teepee tent. It’s light, easy to set up, has a stove jack, and will keep you both dry and warm in the snow.
In this section, we are looking for space, ventilation in the summer, the ability to stay warm and dry in the winter, side pockets to store things, insulated from the ground by a floor, eaves, and awnings to keep your gear dry.
The Elk Mountain Wall Tent is the most comfortable wall tent that allows you the space and features like gable vents, meshed doors, and windows as well as eves to keep you happy all year round.
Weatherproofing (wind and rain)
High-quality hunting tents that are made with strong waterproof stitching, have seam seals and a fly that drains rain off the sides are what we are looking for in a waterproof and windproof hunting tent. A well made, high-quality tent should be very waterproof using design features as well as the fabric to keep you dry
If you know you will be hunting in stormy weather, grab the Elk Mountain tent with its good unique poly canvas fabric, we know it will keep you warm and dry in the rain.
Cold weather performance
A wall tent with a floor, sod cloth, and a stove jack is going to keep you warm in winter, and with the roof vents to help deal with condensation, The Elk Mountain Wall Tent will keep you warm and dry and is our favorite for cold weather hunters!
If you plan to backpack during your hunting trip to get further into the wilds, you’ll need a much smaller and lighter tent than if you will drive to your base camp and can lift the tent out of the car directly to where you will set it up.
|Tent||Floor size||Packed size (in)||Packed size (cm)||Weight lbs||Weight kgs|
|White Duck||10 x 12 ft||45 x 14 x 1449 x 14 x 10||114 x 36 x 36124 x 36 x 25||192 lbs||39.9 kg|
|Tigris Teepee||10.5 ft diameter||18.5 x 8.4 x 5||45 x14 x14||2.6 lbs||1.9kg|
|Elk Mountain||13 x 13 ft||N/A||N/A||50 lbs||24.9 kg|
|Regatta||10 ft||39 x 15 x 10||100 x 38 x 25||60 lbs||23.04 kg|
|Big Agnes||52 x 88||21 x 6 x 6||53 x 15 x 15||3 lbs 8 oz||1.59 kgs|
|Tigris Hammock||12.5 x 6.6 ft||20.8 x 5.9 x 5.9||53 x15 x 15||6.7 lbs||3.06 kg|
|Kodiak||9 x 8 ft||24 x 1335 x 5.5||60 x 3389 x 14||54.5 lbs.||24.7 kg|
|Hillburg||4 x 7 ft||5 x 20||13 x 51||4 lbs||2.6 kg|
|Nemo||7 x 4.2 ft||19.5 x 4.5||50 x 12||4lbs||1.08 kg|
Quality and durability are directly linked. For these criteria, we are looking for parts that don’t break and are made of metal. Double stitching, reinforcing, angle kits, galvanized poles or steel poles, silicon stove vents, and heavy-duty fabric are all part of making a tent able to withstand long periods outdoors.
The Elk Mountain Wall Tent has all this and we think it will last you years, if not decades with its unique waterproof poly canvas fabric
Value for money
Some tent manufacturers cut costs by not including poles, forcing you to spend either time or more money to get your tent set up. We are looking for a tent that has it all for a reasonable price.
The White Duck Wall Tent is our tent choice in the value for money section as the price includes everything you need to set it up and move in.
Best backpacking hunting hot tent with a stove jack
If you need a light tent with a stove jack for hunting in the winter, then you can’t go past the One Tigris Iron Wall teepee tent. It’s one of the lightest, most portable tents on this list with great ventilation, great waterproofing, and fantastic quality.
What are hunting tents called?
A lot of people use wall tents as a base camp for hunting. These are also known as cabin tents, outfitters tents, and safari tents. They are perfect for people who want to set them up and leave them up for long periods of time.
How long do canvas wall tents last?
A well-made canvas tent that has been properly seasoned could last a camper anywhere between 20 to 30 years. To ensure your canvas wall tent does last that long, use a rainfly to protect it from UV rays, and never store it damp as they will go moldy and may rot.
Where is the best place to elk hunt?
The best place to hunt Elk would have to be Colorado! It has more elk than any other state (an estimated 280,000 animals) and New Mexico has a lot of public lands that have good populations for both deer and elk hunting.
The last word on hunting tents
Invest in a tent that works for your hunting style, location, and environment. Get one that is going to last as long as you plan to hunt and then get out and enjoy the hunt and the camping in the great outdoors.
Happy Hunting 😊