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Old 05-09-2018, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Craziest sleeping set up at the lease.

Brad96 thread about the school bus for a sleeping place got me thinking about the craziest shelter you have seen on a lease? I was invited to a hunt in Eastland co and there was a 26 foot sailboat that a hunter used as a shelter. Worked great for him water proof and he said with one electric heater it stayed warn in the winter. Told me he paid 500.00 for it. What about you all?

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Old 05-09-2018, 01:49 PM   #2
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Train car at a place in Dilley.
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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Lol... got on a lease in east Texas back in 2000 and slept in a tent until we could find a used camper we wanted... longest 2 months ever...
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:58 PM   #4
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He had an old Box truck that we put bunk beds in. Wasn't to bad.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:00 PM   #5
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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We stayed in an old stock trailer with carpet for walls, it stayed pretty warm.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:04 PM   #7
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had a train car on our duck lease in northern texas we used. (wood burning stove and 2 mr buddy heater would barely take the chill out LOL)
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:04 PM   #8
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Very expensive, but the back of a Tahoe with the back seats removed.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:06 PM   #9
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A converted pop up camper with plywood sides from the roof to the trailer part. No extensions. No canvas. Coleman lantern for a heater.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:07 PM   #10
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Back of PU covered with tarp. BAD IDEA. Hard to get out of sleeping bag, and the condensation was like it was raining inside the bed. Never again!
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:08 PM   #11
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Converted goat barn, Edwards County.
Added a floor, door and a window.
No electric or water, it mostly sucked.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:09 PM   #12
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old school bus at my buddies place - it got COLD in the winter
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:14 PM   #13
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An Old Box car rail that was converted into a pretty kick arse cabin.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:25 PM   #14
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made two 5x8 shipping crates into a cabin on my lease in mills county
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #15
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Old U Haul 26 foot box truck
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #16
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I slept in one of those big igloo looking dog kennels once. Wasn't bad at all. Actually stayed pretty warm.

My buddy's family had some land they never used and he told a few of us we could hunt it and that it had "an old, decent cabin on it". We show up out there at 9:00 pm on one of the coldest nights since I moved to Texas (low of 8 degrees) and find the cabin. It has no electricity and the floor has completely rotted away to bare dirt. Had to drink a lot to fall asleep that night.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:27 PM   #17
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Years ago had a buddy with a lease in Lampasas area. They had a camper, but it could get crowded pretty quick. On this place was an old homestead, which is where the campers were set up. We decided we would set up our cots in this old place. It had a roof and was dry. It was dirty and dusty, but not any worse than staying in a tent. About half way through the night my buddy screams and jumps out of bed. Said a mouse/rat dropped from the roof on to his cot. We finished off the night sleeping in the truck.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:33 PM   #18
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2 tarps. One to lay sleeping bags on. One to the side in case it started raining.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:34 PM   #19
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Train car at a place in Dilley.

When I was a kid, my dad was on a lease in Dilly that had a train car as the housing.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #20
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Years ago we had a place outside of Centerville and it had what we were told the old post office for that area. It was in bad shape but me and another guy decided to sleep in it on cots and during the night we could hear the rats running around and at one time I awoke with one on my chest. We spent the whole night in there but the next day we removed all the paneling and insulation and killed rats. Never did kill a deer off that place.
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:10 PM   #21
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Also a member of the Rail Car cabin conversion club. One of my favorite camps by far. Plumbed in hot and cold water for a sink, shower and commode, and rigged up some x-mas lights for night-time ambiance. Had the inside spray foam insulated and added a window unit and wood burning stove for temperature control, but it still got 10f hotter/colder than it was outside depending on the season.
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:23 PM   #22
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Many years ago a friend gave me permission to quail hunt his family's property around Rotan. He said there was a little cabin if I wanted to spend the night. The "cabin" turned out to be a tiny structure that looked like a 19th century outhouse with holes in the roof and huge gaps in the walls. It was bitterly cold with a north wind - I woke up in the middle of the night about to freeze so I called my bird dog over and had him snuggle down in my sleeping bag to keep me warm. Only problem was he had just rolled in a fresh green cow patty. It was very slimy and stinky in that sleeping bag but the extra body heat was worth it.
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:27 PM   #23
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We had our camp house built around a tree (not sure why) so there was a tree coming up through the roof. Well that tree got struck by lightning one night, not with us in it luckily. Also had carpet floors, which was laid down on dirt. Not the best set up
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:46 PM   #24
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had a train car on our duck lease in northern texas we used. (wood burning stove and 2 mr buddy heater would barely take the chill out LOL)
Sorry to derail the thread, but was this in Honey Grove? We had this as a deer lease 2 years and with the stove going and a heater going, we still slept in full hunting gear.

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Old 05-09-2018, 03:53 PM   #25
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Me and two other TBHer's had a 8x8 plastic Home Depot shed that we used for a season. Three guys in a 64 sf "cabin" was tight. We had two elevated bunks and one guy slept on the floor beneath one. Really wasn't that bad.
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:59 PM   #26
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Pole barn with plywood for sides. Out in rock springs in 1978
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:11 PM   #27
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2 tarps. One to lay sleeping bags on. One to the side in case it started raining.
Sac I was about to post about the two tarps and the sleeping bags. That was tough but they were some good times.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:20 PM   #28
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Upside down Grain silo with dirt floor. No electric but kept us dry and out of the wind.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:21 PM   #29
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Slept in the back of my little Nissan truck with a fiberglass cover many years. Ribs in the bed were not comfortable. Friend had a place around Skidmore he had built a corrugated tin cabin on. 1/2 dirt floor and some wood. Used tin would leak every time it would rain. Rats ran around all night including across my chest. The only good thing was a homemade wood stove in the middle. Throw some oak in it and it would hum up thru the stack and keep it halfway warm. All great memories looking back.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:24 PM   #30
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Hammocks and tarps, no problem
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:38 PM   #31
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Sac I was about to post about the two tarps and the sleeping bags. That was tough but they were some good times.
Good times indeed.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:40 PM   #32
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Old sharecroppers cabin. Smelled like rat dung, BAD. We covered the walls or the "living room" with visqueen, ceiling were sagging, floor was sound but doors didn't work too well. The rain made the smell worse. Probably why I have sinus issues 40 years later. Oh to be young again.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:41 PM   #33
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Had a lease outside Rising Star one year. The place hadn't been hunted in 10 or 15 years. It had an old farm house that had been piled to the ceiling with trash/junk for years. The owner had the farmland empty it out for us to use if we wanted. Electricity but no running water. First night we got there, flipped on the lights and scorpions ran everywhere. And pretty sure had rats/mice running around after the lights turned out. Didn't sleep much that night. There had to be a few rattles around the place too.

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Old 05-09-2018, 04:42 PM   #34
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1967 Dodge van. Ran an extension cord through the wing window for an electric heater.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:46 PM   #35
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I had a friend get in a barrel feeder one night, thinking he'd just have the pigs come into him at the feeder. Well, long night of nothing coming, he fell asleep in that dang barrel. Came strolling into camp the next morning and was a little sore! Haha
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:56 PM   #36
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Tack room in an old barn in Cross Plains. Was actually pretty nice. Also used a milking shed in Colorado. That was cold!
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:56 PM   #37
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Miserably hot one day we were down for setup/maintenance, etc. so sleeping in the camphouse was a no go. Setup my little brother in his cot in the truck bed, my dadís air mattress on the four wheeler ramp propped on a picnic table where I slept on the couch cushions.


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Old 05-09-2018, 04:57 PM   #38
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I still use a tent...
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:58 PM   #39
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worst was underneath a suburban on a public land hunt, right on the ground.

one of the guys we were hunting with snored so loud we couldn't sleep inside the burb, so I rolled out and got under the thing. It started raining, so I ended up slightly damp, but I got some sleep that night.

Spent two nights on a picnic table under the stars while elk hunting one time.

Then there was the old turkey shed with the leaky roof and non-stop talker in the bunk next door......
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:05 PM   #40
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Huntsville lease in the 80s, back of a pick up headache racks with a tarp, super cold and snow over night we were using a Dome Coleman heater, woke up with a checker marks on our long-johns, Crazy we didn't catch on fire.
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:17 PM   #41
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:23 PM   #42
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Goat barn in Florence a long long time ago. Yes, we shared it with the ranchers goats!
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:24 PM   #43
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My son was drawn for a TYHP deer hunt on a private ranch. Beautiful place, and the owner went 1st class on everything - heck, his storage barn was nicer than some people's homes. They allowed us to sleep in the never used by horses horse pen. Each stall was spacious, and the structure had a roof, concrete pad, and two side walls, but the front and back were open. We pitched our tents and went to sleep. The weather changed dramatically, and it got very cold, and very wet very quickly. Overnight, the temperature dropped to 19 degrees. With the wind chill, it was probably 10 degrees that night. Thankfully, we had a Little Buddy heater with us and that sucker saved our bacon. We were miserable, and my son never got a shot at anything, but we had some huge fun on that hunt.

Prior to that, and it wasn't a hunt, but when I was young and strong, I was in the Army, and we were in the field playing, well, Army (aka "field exercises"). It started raining a lot, and everyone laughed when I found an old wheelbarrow and turned it upside down and crawled under it to stay dry. Everyone started calling me "turtle boy", and I told them it was actually Sergeant Turtle Boy. They laughed, but i stayed warm and dry. But again, that was a long time ago.

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Old 05-09-2018, 05:36 PM   #44
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I was invited to a place that was a 3 room old wood home , 1 bedroom had a king size bed (for the lease boss ) the other 2 rooms had bunk beds 4 person stack on 3 sides of the rooms (=24 people in 2 rooms ) and 2 bath rooms) of course 1 private master bath for lease boss

The top bunks where probably 100 degrees no covers needed
Bottom was freezing cold

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Old 05-09-2018, 05:48 PM   #45
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When I was younger, I have slept on many a cold wet bank and boats overnight while ducking hunting public land to get our spot all those years. Neoprene waders, good waterproof jackets and facemasks kept a fella warm and provided some cushion so we could nap before we got to watch the spotlight armada show up 30 minutes before shooting time....especially opening mornings. What a beat down those days were for flying livers but I sure miss the camaraderie and the action..

After reading some of yall's stories, I have to commend yall on on your dedication to doing whatever you were doing. No way in hell would I do some of that stuff now and I know I wasn't ever thrilled about doing it when I was younger.....LOL. But you had to do what you had to do back then. My OCD has me constantly dreaming up ways to make our lease camp and my blinds more comfortable and convenient for us all...I don't mind saying I like being comfortable these days..

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Old 05-09-2018, 05:51 PM   #46
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Iíve slept in all kinds of makeshift structures over the years. Buses, barns, sheds, refrigeration trailer, pickup truck, an old box van, and an old 19th century stone building with a canvas tarp for a roof.

One of the neatest was an old tin grain silo that had been converted to a simple living quarters.



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Old 05-09-2018, 06:10 PM   #47
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Walk in cooler converted into a cabin...windows, carpet, etc.

Could be 20 degrees outside and a lightbulb would warm up inside.
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Old 05-09-2018, 06:21 PM   #48
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Old 05-09-2018, 06:32 PM   #49
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Back of a suburban.
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Old 05-09-2018, 06:35 PM   #50
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On a boarded trailer! Rough sleep, if I even got any
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