October 24th, 2020
Why You Should Choose a Wall Tent for Your Next Hunting Trip
What Makes Wall Tents the Perfect Choice for Hunting
Wall tents are an excellent choice for use on hunting trips. They are durable, able to withstand a range of environments and weather conditions and, if cared for properly, will last you for many years to come.
The highest quality wall tents are built from 100% army duck cotton canvas and a heavy-duty frame, which would make them appropriate to set up as a shelter for several days on end.
They are also spacious enough to accommodate the equipment and tools you may bring with you on your trip so that you can camp comfortably and don’t have to sacrifice any part of your experience.
What Are Wall Tents?
All wall tents from White Duck Outdoors are made of a durable canvas material that drapes over an aluminum tent frame. This makes them sturdy and resistant to most weather conditions.
The proprietary DYNADUCK canvas is treated with a PFC-free, fire water repellent, mold & UV resistant finish, which keeps the tent protected from heavy rain fall or snowy conditions. The UV resistant finish also helps maintain the integrity of the fabric if the tent is placed under direct sunlight.
The benefit of using cotton as the material of choice is that cotton has a natural breathability, which makes the tent suitable for use in all seasons. If it’s cool outside, the canvas keeps you warm and the summer months, it’s easy to stay cool inside the tent.
White Duck wall tents come in six different sizes to suit the single hunter as well as the hunting family. Those who prefer to travel light can get a tent as small as 8’x10’, while those who need more room can have tents up to 16’x24’, which is perfect for outfitter groups.
Wall tents are made for outdoorsmen and the wild backcountry. They can withstand adverse conditions and will shelter you for many trips, but whether they are an ideal choice for your adventures comes down to exactly how you hunt.
While some may set up camp and drive in the day to a nearby location to hunt, others who are a bit more adventurous may prefer hiking to remote locations to hunt. Each of these situations will present different needs and require different equipment, and while a wall tent may be ideal for one hunter, it may not fit the needs of another.
Why Wall Tents Are Perfect for Hunting Trips
- Many hunting seasons occur in the fall and winter when the temperatures may be quite cool and you may even have to deal with icy and snowy conditions. Wall tents make an excellent choice for these occasions not only because they can withstand the weather, but because they can accommodate wood-burning stoves. All wall tents from White Duck, for example, come with a built-in stove jack, which makes setting up a stove inside that much easier! Wood-burning stoves provide warmth and comfort throughout the night, allowing for a good night’s rest so that you can be alert and feel great on your hunts. They also offer conveniences such as a hotplate to cook or boil water and a way to dry any wet clothes or equipment.
- Wall tents provide the space and shelter that many hunters find in a camping trailer, but don’t present the same limitations as campers do. While towing a camper limits those who’d like to hunt out of camp to roadside camping, wall tents can be carried to a more remote location so that you don’t have to sacrifice your time in nature for some creature comforts.
- The standard 5’ wall height of the wall tents means there’s plenty of space to not only set up furniture like camp cots or beds, but also to stand up and move around so that you can feel comfortable spending time in the tent when you’re not out on the hunt.
- Camping in wall tents brings a feeling of nostalgia to many hunters. Those who may have camped in older tents from the last century as children or who perhaps watched their share of movies featuring hunters and travelers may feel that wall tents create a certain atmosphere that adds to the overall experience.
Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Wall Tent
- Wall tents require a decent amount of care and maintenance to be kept in their best condition. It’s important to keep them clean and clear of debris and allow them to dry out completely before storing so that the canvas material does not begin to grow mold and mildew.
- Wall tents can be a sizeable investment, especially when opting for one of the larger sizes. The double-fill army duck cotton canvas fabric and heavy-duty aluminum frames contribute to the higher cost of wall tents. Often though, for hunting trips when you expect to set up camp for several consecutive days and require foolproof protection from any kind of weather, the wall tent is completely worth it.
- Wall tents are light enough to be carried comfortably along with any other equipment, but are also bulky from the canvas material and are not ideal for longer and more strenuous trips into remote areas. For this reason, they may require several people to assist in the carrying of the tent from one place to another.
Pro Tips for Using a Wall Tent
Once you’ve decided that a wall tent is the ideal choice for your next hunting trip, then implementing these simple tips and techniques will ensure that you have the best experience possible:
- Add a couple inches of dirt into your stove before adding any wood to keep the bottom of your stove from overheating and potentially causing a fire on surrounding items.
- Investing in a flysheet will help protect your canvas fabric when the wall tent is set up outdoors for an extended period of time. The fly sheet protects against heavy snow loads and intense UV radiation from direct sunlight.
- Keep your coolers against the wall on the inside of your wall tent in freezing conditions. This will keep your cooler chilled without actually freezing it.
- Throwing a tarp over the roof of your tent in snowy conditions can help snow slide off and will reduce the weight put on the tent.
- When you return from a hunting trip, hang your clothes up to dry and keep your damp equipment outside the tent. This helps prevent condensation from forming on the tent fabric.
Written by Mike Williams
Mike is an avid outdoors enthusiast with a great love for the American West Coast. Having graduated with a degree in Communications, Mike quickly moved into freelance writing for a variety of brands before joining the White Duck Outdoors team to work in a role and industry that excited him..
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