Deer Camp Done Right
By: Tony J. Peterson
After factoring in turkey season, western bowhunts, and a couple of states for public-land whitetails, I average 30-some days a year living out of a tent. When you spend a month inside the canvas, you learn a lot about what makes the experience worthwhile (or just barely worth it).
When it comes to camping, the goal is to tamp down the misery as much as possible. This is harder to do when hitting up the backcountry, because you’re limited to what you can personally haul up the mountainside. You’re going to be somewhat miserable in the backcountry, but the experience is usually worth it.
When it comes to whitetails, you usually don’t have to be all that miserable because you can simply stock your camp with more – and better – stuff. This translates to being drier, warmer, better fed and more well-rested. All of which, when taken in aggregate, translates to a happier hunter. And this happiness, at least partially, can be bought one amenity at a time.
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