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Old 06-27-2021, 09:05 AM   #1
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If you were on your first lease and only had about $1200 to spare, what would be your first priority? Cheap camper or cheap atv? I already have feeders and cameras set up and a nice pop up. The place is small and i could get by hauling corn, equipment and game on a cart, but cutting longer trails into the place would be tough. There is a cheap motel 9 miles away. Tenting is also possible later in the fall. But a dedicated living + storage spot also hold strong appeal.
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:08 AM   #2
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Camper if I could make it close to the feeder in my truck. If not, atv and sleep in my truck.
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:10 AM   #3
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I’d buy a nice tent and good game cart. More than likely you can get your vehicle close to any area you need to get to. I have spent 30 years on 400 + acres with out an ATV.
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:11 AM   #4
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Cheap camper
Bike with game carrier

Need heat in the winter
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:23 AM   #5
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We did tent and atv for years.
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:24 AM   #6
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I would go for whatever keeps me warm and dry.
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:41 AM   #7
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This and a little buddy type heater or even a generator and small window unit a/c



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Old 06-27-2021, 10:00 AM   #8
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Depend on the size. How big is it?


If its too small, a living quarters is going to alert every game animal on the place if you need electricity and make a lot of noise. I've seen that make a place that had game on the cameras all the time to them going awol on the weekend when the camp is active.
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Old 06-27-2021, 10:05 AM   #9
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No way I’m wasting money on hotel. A poor man spends his money on something tangible and takes great care of it. Nice tent with heater/stove would be my choice, occasionally an inexpensive running 4 wheeler comes across the green screen and then you can have both a place to stay and some wheels for the lease. We aren’t dirt floor poor but after blowing through a bunch of money on useless crap I’ve had to change how we are spending.

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Old 06-27-2021, 10:20 AM   #10
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Buy a nice tent and enjoy. Put the rest of the money aside and not waste it. Sounds like a savings/investing opportunity is more important
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Old 06-27-2021, 10:25 AM   #11
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It's becoming more about the campfire the older I get...hotel wouldn't cut it & will just add up over the season.
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Old 06-27-2021, 10:33 AM   #12
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A place to stay warm, dry and away to have electricity. Water storage is next.
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Old 06-27-2021, 11:13 AM   #13
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Depend on the size. How big is it?


If its too small, a living quarters is going to alert every game animal on the place if you need electricity and make a lot of noise. I've seen that make a place that had game on the cameras all the time to them going awol on the weekend when the camp is active.
Iím in this camp. Staying on the place if itís very small will soon have most of the deer being a no-show once they get your pattern down.
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Old 06-27-2021, 11:22 AM   #14
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Something to sleep in, you can get by with your vehicle and cart to do what an atv will do.
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Old 06-27-2021, 12:24 PM   #15
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Depend on the size. How big is it?


If its too small, a living quarters is going to alert every game animal on the place if you need electricity and make a lot of noise. I've seen that make a place that had game on the cameras all the time to them going awol on the weekend when the camp is active.
This! Iíve never understood all the people that have to put light bars and radios on UTVís , every critter on the ranch seeís and hears them coming from a long ways off.
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Old 06-27-2021, 12:35 PM   #16
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I’d pick something with a bed I hate sleeping on the ground
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Old 06-27-2021, 12:36 PM   #17
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For the money you could probably build a 10’x10’ camo house with a metal roof. Over the next couple seasons you could add on things. But I agree a place to sleep on-site is much better and the post hunt campfire is where it’s at for me.
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Old 06-27-2021, 12:44 PM   #18
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Pup tent- sleeping bag and no 4 wheeler! This will be a must as fast as prices are rising on cOrN!
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Old 06-27-2021, 02:31 PM   #19
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You can sleep in your truck are a tent on nice nights if it is hot are cold go to the motel and stay a night.
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Old 06-27-2021, 03:07 PM   #20
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Definately a place to sleep and relax to stay out of the weather.
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Old 06-27-2021, 03:23 PM   #21
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Stay in the hotel. Get a feel for the land and how the animals move through it.

Invest in shelter next year, if you decide to stay and the landowner decides to keep you.
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Old 06-28-2021, 06:18 AM   #22
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Depends if you want to kill a deer. Small property and loud campsite will not co-exist with wild animals. If the motel is cheap, $1200 will go along way in providing good shelter.
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Old 06-28-2021, 06:37 AM   #23
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Shelter first for me.
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Old 06-28-2021, 07:13 AM   #24
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I have a camper you can have. Its a 30 footer with a title. The roof has water damage. We were going to put some R panels on it but I ended buying another camper instead. Last time I used it the AC and Hotwater heater did work but the refrigerator did not. It's covered in tarps now. Let me know if you're interested. As is......no warranty!
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Old 06-28-2021, 07:35 AM   #25
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Cheap atv.You can mess up a pickup real quick using it like an old farm truck.
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Old 06-28-2021, 07:45 AM   #26
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I guess I am one of the poor men as well. As I to am getting on a place after 27 years,, this is my have to have that I am spending on
Will look for a inexpensive 4 wheeler getting latter stand from good olítbh


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Old 06-28-2021, 07:46 AM   #27
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Travel trailer, storage building or something similar.....no hotel or tent!
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Old 06-28-2021, 07:49 AM   #28
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on a poor mans budget, travel trailer and then a truck to pull it.. not in my cards right off the bat, perhaps OP, can or will....
i think the first year /season is all about getting a feel the place, and the other peeps on it, how secure it is and how comfortable i feel around the other hunters, as the whole experience is about socializing as well...
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:00 AM   #29
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I guess I am one of the poor men as well. As I to am getting on a place after 27 years,, this is my have to have that I am spending on
Will look for a inexpensive 4 wheeler getting latter stand from good olítbh


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Youíll be happy with that tent. I picked up an airbedz mattress to go in mine. Just as good as sleeping at home.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:04 AM   #30
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If you get lucky you could have a nice tent setup and an atv.
I've gotten some great atv deals on here.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:06 AM   #31
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I have a camper that I’m going to give away if you want it. It’s between Estelline and Turkey. I’ve used it for ten years. It has two window ac units. I used space heaters in the winter they kept me plenty warm.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:12 AM   #32
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You could get a nice Kodiak canvas tent, cot and heater for $1200 easy. Its more portable than a camper and if well taken care of will last as long if not longer with less maintenance. Skip the ATV if you can get away with it...gives you an excuse to get a few extra steps in and you can get in and out of your hunting area without making as much noise. You can always take your vehicle to go retrieve your kill.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:15 AM   #33
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I have a camper that Iím going to give away if you want it. Itís between Estelline and Turkey. Iíve used it for ten years. It has two window ac units. I used space heaters in the winter they kept me plenty warm.
since i piggy backed, i'll the OP respond first.. it's only right....

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Old 06-28-2021, 09:45 AM   #34
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Camper.
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Old 06-28-2021, 09:54 AM   #35
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A couple very generous offers in this thread, love this TBH crowd! Glad to be a part of it...
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Old 06-28-2021, 09:58 AM   #36
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Depend on the size. How big is it?


If its too small, a living quarters is going to alert every game animal on the place if you need electricity and make a lot of noise. I've seen that make a place that had game on the cameras all the time to them going awol on the weekend when the camp is active.

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Old 06-28-2021, 10:31 AM   #37
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I'm going with a camper. If the place is pretty small you can just run battery/propane utilities and lights and avoid making noise with the generator. Having a "home base" with general items like the stove and cookware and paper plates and all that really helps make the whole lease game more efficient. Unless you're taking a few trips a year during hunting season I think packing supplies back and forth and setting up tents will get frustrating. Once the camper is setup and stocked you've got minimal items to pack in and out each trip and a comfortable place to sleep and charge your electronic gizmos.
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:32 AM   #38
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Camper shell, we spent years at a 100 acre lease living out of a camper shell on a pickup bed trailer. Set it up in one of the front corners of the place. On a small place forget about the evening fire and sitting around visiting. It helped that the blind was a 6 foot square, and on a 6 foot high tower because I could also sleep in it.

If there is electric available, I would recommend thinking about a container cabin. A 20 footer is more than enough. Reasonable cost to move. Easy to finish out yourself if you go simple.
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:36 AM   #39
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I have been in this situation for a long time. I am fortunate to have a friend that lets me use his 100 acres to hunt. Not sure I could hunt otherwise.

I have found hunting and fishing, especially if you want a boat are not a poor mans sports.

For your $1200, it will be tough to find a decent 4 wheeler that doesn't need work/money to keep it running. I would do like others have said, get a decent tent and maybe a pop-up canopy. Then work on good ice chests that keep your stuff cold for a while, things to make processing and skinning easier.

Not familiar with your place, but you might be able to take a weed eater and a brush attachment to clear an area for a small camp closer to your trails if needed.

Good luck to you sir.


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Old 06-28-2021, 10:38 AM   #40
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It depends on the small property. I hunted 55 acres. Had a cabin on it. I sat around the fire pit playing music at night and grilled outside. Get up in the morning and could almost guarantee to have at least 5 shot opportunities every morning at the camp feeder. I often just drank coffee and sat with a rifle from camp. It depends on the small property and the game there.
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:47 AM   #41
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Lots of variables but I’ll say this, you can still hunt without blinds, atv’s and feeders. It may not be as easy but you’re still hunting.
It sure is nice having a comfy sleeping/camp situation.
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:53 AM   #42
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Camper.... never new a “poor man” first time leaser with an ATV
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Old 06-28-2021, 11:31 AM   #43
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I have a camper you can have. Its a 30 footer with a title. The roof has water damage. We were going to put some R panels on it but I ended buying another camper instead. Last time I used it the AC and Hotwater heater did work but the refrigerator did not. It's covered in tarps now. Let me know if you're interested. As is......no warranty!
WOnderful offer! WOW! But that's gonna be too big for what they allow on this place. Thanks though!
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Old 06-28-2021, 11:38 AM   #44
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Camper.... never new a ďpoor manĒ first time leaser with an ATV
Was comparing to the lease setups I've seen that probably run into the six figures between the glitzy off-road rigs, brand new campers & trucks and blinds finished off nicer than my house.
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Old 06-28-2021, 11:51 AM   #45
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Depend on the size. How big is it?


If its too small, a living quarters is going to alert every game animal on the place if you need electricity and make a lot of noise. I've seen that make a place that had game on the cameras all the time to them going awol on the weekend when the camp is active.
This. Ive seen it happen on a 1000 acre place before.
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Old 06-28-2021, 01:23 PM   #46
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This. Ive seen it happen on a 1000 acre place before.
About 450 acres and there are already 3 campers on it. No electric so I suppose generators will be a-runniní.
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Old 06-28-2021, 01:29 PM   #47
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About 450 acres and there are already 3 campers on it. No electric so I suppose generators will be a-runniní.
Yeah in that case go with a camper, no question.
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Old 06-29-2021, 10:10 AM   #48
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I am in the same situation. My sites are set on a camper/shack and electricity for the first major expenses.
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Old 06-29-2021, 10:45 AM   #49
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About 450 acres and there are already 3 campers on it. No electric so I suppose generators will be a-runniní.
Tent, deer cart, and a case of ear plugs for the generators running.
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Old 06-29-2021, 12:48 PM   #50
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Nothing wrong with tent camping. I had a couple of go-boxes for hunting. I used a single-pole teepee from sportsmansguide.com. I used this at my Lake Livingston lease in the humid summer heat and winter cooler weather. A battery powered fan and air mattress kept me comfortable. I left a cheap small trailer at the lease for pulling behind my old Yamaha ATV when I needed to carry a bunch of stuff.
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