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    Default Tent recommendations for Kodiak Brownie hunt?

    My buddy and I have both drawn spring bear hunts down in Kodiak for 2015. Anybody have a recommendation as to what type tent we should use? We are being flown out on a Dehavilland so we should have the room for a decent tent. My buddy's brother is tagging along for the hunt as well so we need a good tent that sleeps 3. Was thinking bringing an Arctic Oven from Alaska Tent & Tarp but wasnt too keen on dropping over 1200-1500 on a tent. Anyone rent these tents on the forum in the Fairbanks area? Would it be a better idea to stick with our own backpacking tents and just go with a bear fence? Thoughts? PM's welcomed.

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    You didn't mention if you are going to have to pack in at all or will be setting up camp at your drop off point. With three of you going,you'll need a six man tent which will give you just enough room for three guys and some of your gear inside. You'll want a good quality rain fly that goes all the way to the ground around the tent, not one of those hundreds on the market that look like a yamaka. Bomb Shelters are my go to tent in the bush but they are a four man tent. I've also used the Cabelas Guide series Dome tent in a 6 man version. They are lightweight for their size,good rain fly and they can withstand the winds. You can also get the vestibule witch gives you some more space inside to help keep items dry.

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    yeah we will be setting up camp on the drop-off and hunting out of there. i will check out those tents you mentioned.

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    Arctic oven AND a bear fence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear74 View Post
    Arctic oven AND a bear fence.

    +1,, My AO 10 and nuway stove is like being at home,, nothing like having a STAND up tent that is warm and dry. I have a Alaska Tent and Tarp

    Pipeline, the larger one that I would rent. It is big enough for 3 and can be heated with a small cat stove. I used it for my Kodiak bear hunt, but you would be happier in the AO10. I have both in North Pole if you would like to see what they look like.
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    Hard to argue with or beat the comfort of an AO tent and stove, especially given the weather that Kodiak can throw at you.

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    Sapper, call my buddy Josh Horst in Fairbanks. He rents Arctic Ovens and stoves, and may have bear fences, too.

    Here's his contact info. Solid guy and has lots of experience and great quality gear:

    Joshua Horst, President
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    I have a 10X10 Bomb Shelter, have used it on many brown bear hunts. The Arctic Oven tents are awesome because you can use a stove in them! but I don't like to have smoke/fire when brown bear hunting!

    We just got back from Cold Bay bear hunting in my buddies super cub, we saw 10-12 hunting camps along the way, most were guide camps, every camp looked like they had 1-4 bomb shelter tents in each camp.....their tried and proven to be the best tent for that kind of hunting, if there was better they would be using them....just sayin!
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    BTW, don't be tempted to go with your dome tent and a bear fence. If you catch a chitty weather window, wind and heavy rain will flat instill misery. The AO tents are freakin awesome and well worth the effort and expense. Standing up, wood heat, weather proof, and bad arse all around.

    Good luck

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    It blows on Kodiak???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcs9kS4DRY

    Ramhunter is spot on with keeping scent down until the bear hunting is over.
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    Ask Joe Want if he has a fire when bear hunting!!!!...
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    [QUOTE=stid2677;1400014]It blows on Kodiak???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcs9kS4DRY

    Ramhunter is spot on with keeping a scent down until the bear hunting is over.[/QUOTE

    Yup, I agree...get that fire roaring after the bear/s are on the ground!
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    An AO 10' will be too small for three guys, however it would work if you take along one or two smaller tents to store gear in. Having a couple extra emergency tents around isn't a bad idea anyway.

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    We have had 3 in my AO 10 with vestibule, used bunks for one side and even had a propane stove.

    I 100% agree on a back up tent, we always have an extra shelter.

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    So go with the bear fence regardless. Tents suggested are top.notch so go,with what you can afford. I sure like the idea of renting a artic oven plus stove which,is basically top of the line. Bring a chain saw to,feed the stove. Bring tons of grub and you will love the ao.
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    Are you doing a land based hunt, or are you bringing a boat/motor to move you around via water when you're out there? The reason I ask is weight. You said you're flying in a Beaver which will give you about 1200-1500 lbs depending on which company is flying you in. It sounds like plenty of weight, but it adds up fast especially if you're trying to throw a raft/motor and gas in there. 3 adult males and you're already in for 600lbs most likely. If you're going light, like a sheep hunt you'll be fine. But if you're looking to bring cots, some real food etc.. you're going to be close, so that may be the difference between a 70ish lb AO and other lighter tents. Just something you may want to consider.

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    If you decide on the arctic oven with a wood stove, just keep in mind that depending on where you are and weather conditions, dry wood may not be available. Bring dura-logs as a back-up or just go with the propane stove.

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    Great comments from everyone. Thanks. We will be doing a land based hunt. No boats or anything. Looks like the AO 10 is the big winner. Def bringing the fence as well. Can't wait for this hunt! I actually drew it last year but this deployment got me a re-issue. Not planning on fires but will def have the stove just in case we need it. Also bringing back up tents...thanks again for the replies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_reb View Post
    If you decide on the arctic oven with a wood stove, just keep in mind that depending on where you are and weather conditions, dry wood may not be available. Bring dura-logs as a back-up or just go with the propane stove.
    I use the dura logs in a pinch too but they do leave a lot of waxy soot on your tent. Sucks with white wall tents.
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    There is an outfit in kodiak that can rent you all of the above.kodiakkamps.com

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