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CANVAS TENTS S TA F F A R T I C L E GARTH JENSON PROFESSIONAL HUNT ADVISOR When it comes to base camp setups for day hunting, the most important aspects to me are overall comfort and access to my camping location. I use three different setups – a Jumping Jack tent trailer, spring bar tents, and wall tents. During early season hunts, I use either my spring bar or Jumping Jack because they don’t have the capacity to run a wood stove and they are easier to set up. The only time I break out the wall tent is if I have a crew of other hunters in camp or during late season hunts when I need the warmth of a wood-burning stove. The wall tent requires more effort to set up than the other two tents, but for the amount of storage required to transport them, they are the best option if you’re tight on space. JUMPING JACK TENT TRAILER 8 J UMPIN G JACK TEN T TRAILER The Jumping Jack tent trailer has become a staple in my hunting arsenal. It is a spring bar canvas tent that is enclosed in a waterproof zip-up bag that rides inside a small caged trailer that can haul two, three, or four ATVs, depending on the model. This trailer has a lot of pros, but all of them combined into one is what sets this trailer apart from the rest. I have pulled this trailer down some of the roughest roads imaginable, and with the clearance being so high, it allows it to travel wherever you can take your truck. From the time I park the trailer and unload bikes, I can have the tent part completely set up in under 10 minutes. The tent is fast to set up and tear down so you can stay mobile on your hunt. I have the 8' long tent on a 12' trailer, which allows me some deck space to set up my cooking station that is covered by a small canopy. Even with two beds and a small table inside, there is still plenty of room for two people and their gear. The only drawbacks are that you need road access and you need a small, flat area to park it on. Since you are elevated off the ground, it can get a little cold inside the tent even in mild temperatures. I have also had condensation build up inside the tent walls under extremely damp conditions. Outside of these small issues, this has been my go-to camp for most of my scouting trips and hunts that require the use of a four-wheeler when temperatures aren’t frigid. SPRIN G B AR TEN TS I use a spring bar tent when I want a comfortable camp but don’t need to drag a trailer to my destination. I can get back into remote areas via ATV and still have a comfortable camp. For those of you who are not familiar with spring bar tents, they are canvas