You’ve probably come across this article because you want to know where you should camp while you’re hunting. Or, you want to know what type of camping you should do. Unfortunately, there isn’t a blanket answer that can be applied to this situation. Instead you must answer a variety of questions before you can think about what type of camping is best for hunting. Answer the questions below and then consider our camping suggestions.
Terrain, Time of Year, Hunting Style
There are three factors that will influence your camping styles while hunting. First, what is the terrain like where you are hunting? Is it wet, dry, rocky? It’s important to know because it can affect the way you sleep and how you keep your equipment safe.
Spike camp is popular with archers at the beginning of a season. It’s actually the perfect time to drop a campsite in a high-mountain area because it gives hunters a great overview of the nearby treeline. From here, you can watch animals in the wild,
look for feeding patterns, and plan your next move. To conserve time and energy climbing the mountain every day, it’s best to just to pitch a tent and sleep there.
The only downside to setting up a spike camp is that it requires a bunch of gear to be
effective. For instance, you’ll need a fairly sophisticated shelter, optics, like a scope, allowing you to see at great distances, and performance apparel that works in a variety of weather conditions.
The Bivouac camp is popular with elk hunters, but the techniques applied to this type of camping can be used in many different types of hunts including hog, deer, and much more. It might require a few modifications, but it’s totally worth it in the end. It’s ideal when you find a bull you want and you need to stay on him until you get the chance to shoot it. Unlike a spike camp that you set up once and use the duration of your hunt, a bivouac camp is broken down every single day.
To be the most effective, a bivouac camp needs to be very light. A lightweight campsite that you can take with you and set up fast is ideal because it allows you to be on the go all the time. It’s important to put some thought into this type of camp. You won’t have an area to pack and store things, so you’ll have to be smart about what you bring with you. If you forget something that’s needed, it might be the difference between extending your hunt or ending it early.
Backpacker Base Camp
Hikers aren’t the only ones to use backpacks to carry their base camp. Hunters can too. The best time to use a backpacker base camp while hunting is late archery season into early rifle season. It’s a preferred camping method because it doesn’t require you to reach high ground or pack extremely light. To get the most out of a backpacker base camp, you need to choose an area that is far enough away from the action that you won’t spook animals, but close enough that you don’t have to make huge treks every day. Hunters choosing this style of camp should pack clothes, water, food, and any essentials in a day pack. It’s also important for hunters who are camping to stay away from their campsite while they are hunting each day.
During the rut, animals aren’t thinking clearly, which means you can often catch them off-guard. It also means bulls, bucks, bears, and many other animals are much more aggressive and further spread out then other times of year. In this type of camping situation, the best advice is to stay away from crowds. Look for river crossings, natural barriers, deep canyons, or other similar areas. If it looks like something that would keep a weekend hunter out, it’s probably a good spot for a seasoned hunter.
If you aren’t familiar with an area, you can still find these areas using maps, GPS, and even Google Earth. Look for public land boundaries and privately owned property boundaries. It’s important to know boundaries, so you don’t hunt on the wrong property and risk losing your trophy or getting in trouble with the game warden. The best part about rut camp is it can be just about anything. If you want to pick a tent go ahead. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of constructing a tent, you can sleep in your truck. You can even bring a little girl and park it next to your vehicle for hot foods. It’s just important to make sure you are allowed to park where you plan to, so you don’t get in trouble.
Now that you’ve made the decision to camp while you hunt, you’re on your way to experiencing some of the best time in the woods. Hunting, sleeping, and living in the woods while you camp lets you connect to nature and makes hunting that more memorable. It’s important to remember the only thing that’s different about your hunt is where you are sleeping at night. Everything else you know about hunting stays the same. Use the same gear you would, use your scent elimination techniques, and enter and exit the woods like you normally would. If you follow all the advice above, you won’t regret your decision and will have plenty of stories to tell around the campfire.
Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.