Seek Outside Tipi for a moose hunt out of Bethel

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Was looking for some feed back from anyone that has used their tipi on a lake hunt. Was not having a floor an issue? I have used it on wet ground before but not Alaska wet. I like the idea of not having a wet and muddy floor for ten days. I am also planning on using a tarp or tyvek under the sleeping side.
 

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We loved ours on that hunt. Days of rain with no issues. We had liners and used cots. I would definitely use a cot if you have the weight allowance. We did not use a large floor but had 55 gallon drum liners to stand on if needed. We used Tingley ultralight rubber boots as camp shoes bought a size to big to be easy to slip on. We wore them right to the cot and didnt need a floor. We went late September and bugs werent a big issue.
 
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You're asking a good question, and mcseal2 gave you a helpful response. I'm sure you'll get additional feedback from others...there are definite pros/cons to taking a tipi on this hunt.

I have a 4-man SO tipi (without nests) and a titanium stove (medium), that I bring on that hunt for my hunting partner and I. We have used it as a sleeping shelter on float trips with liners, but with drop-hunts we use it (without liners) as a shelter from extended days of wind and rain, and a place to dry gear and get warm as needed. We also each have our own 2-man Hilleberg Staika on drop-hunts that we use solo for sleeping at night. The Staika is impressively storm-worthy, and it has earned my respect as a totally reliable shelter that has gotten me through some insanely crazy storms in that area...also, my hunting partner snores like a freaking freight train so sharing a tent is definitely not preferred. That said, if I absolutely had to skinny down to make weight, I'd go with just the tipi.

You are correct in assuming that the ground will be wet, and/or it will likely be very uneven tundra. No matter what you bring for shelter, definitely bring a lite-weight cot and thermal sleeping pad to adapt the ground conditions, as well as a ground cover big enough to put under each cot with the tipi, and you will be good to go. The mosquito situation is variable and manageable in the tipi at night in September, but the spiders seem ever present. I see them inside the rainfly of the Staika pretty much continuously. When sleeping in the tipi I find myself swatting spiders off my neck in the sleeping bag several nights during the trip. I'm really not spider aversive, but some of them do bite and leave a good welt.
 
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Glad we didn't run into much spider trouble. We saw a few but no bites and I never noticed any crawling on me. I slept with my hood up on my fleece layer, so maybe it limited where I could feel them. Only my face was exposed when sleeping the way I did it.

To the OP This is the article I wrote and thread about our 2018 hunt out of Bethel, and a lot of what I did right and wrong. It might help you if you haven't read it yet.

 

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Hunted with Papa Bear last year. We used their Cabelas Outfitter tent. It had a floor and vestibule. Easy to put up and worked great. Had also used same model on Kodiak when hunting bear.
I thought having a floor was great and a lot drier and cleaner. We had several tarps up for outside storage, cooking, sitting around etc.
We never wore boots in the tent. Switched to crocs around camp. Swept floor with a rag a time or two. Used breakdown cots. Slept well.
Are you not renting equipment from someone? Using Papa or Renfros?
 

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a four man would hinder me a lot. i took a 6 man on 2 floats and the room will be a boon.
we camped at 2 lakes and found the area around our lakes easy to make a camp. on the river you took what was there at dark. just a tarp on the floor is fine. liner probably a good idea. i skipped the liner and had some condensation.

if the lake has been used before a camp site is probably ready.
 
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Thanks for all of the insight everyone. My partner and I are booked with Renfros for next year. We are going to rent a few things from them however we have a lot of the gear that we are going to bring/ship. AKDoc thanks for the advice on the stakes we will procure plenty of those. I think we will go with the tepee because it is nice to be able to stand and the room will be nice in case we are weathered in. I read t your report mcseal2 and it answered plenty of questions.
 
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Okay I am going to throw another one at the guys from the lower 48. Is it possible to bring a skull back down in order to Euro mount it? I know I can have it done in alaska and have it shipped. If not then I can just mount it on a reproduction. I have high ceilings so it would not be that noticeable but I would always know. This is assuming I am successful. I have read some things about this but am still unsure.
 

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I have a SO 8 man tipi I used on our moose float hunt in 2019. We brought our stove, half liner, and half floor for the side we slept on. It worked phenomenally and only complaint was we should have brought another liner for the other side when you are cooped up in it all day weathering out a storm. There was plenty of room for 3 of us and all our gear. We endured a pretty good storm for 4-5 days and stayed warm and dry. Spiders weren’t an issue of all the places we camped but they were around. Having the half floor was nice because we didn’t have to worry about tracking in muddy/dirty boots and gear and getting the tipi dirty. We were more than comfortable for 16 days and honestly were bummed we couldn’t stay another 16 days in there. I honestly don’t see myself ever trying or using another shelter for that type of hunt.

AKDoc mentioned stakes... this is a must. I bought some MSR cyclone knock off’s from Amazon for about half the price. Something longer and that has more surface area to grab a hold of the tundra/swamp is needed. The stakes SO includes with their tipi will pop out with any decent wind.
 

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Okay I am going to throw another one at the guys from the lower 48. Is it possible to bring a skull back down in order to Euro mount it? I know I can have it done in alaska and have it shipped. If not then I can just mount it on a reproduction. I have high ceilings so it would not be that noticeable but I would always know. This is assuming I am successful. I have read some things about this but am still unsure.
We brought back the skull cap and hide for a shoulder mount for the one bull we killed on our trip last year. We hadn’t cleaned the cap with anything but a knife from the field. We did make sure we had it covered and taped really well. I would imagine it wouldn’t be a problem for an entire skull as long as it is cleaned well, doesn’t stink, and covered with plastic and taped up well. With that said though it probably also depends on the airline and who’s there checking checked bags.
 
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