I do have several people giving me advice, and looking for a deer shack for me-- seems like every place I'm considering is "saturated" with trappers. Read that: "Stay home". lol. Really, I started this thread as a guideline for everyone, north or south, we can learn from each others mistakes. Even little tid-bits of advice may make our excursion more enjoyable. I'm not just looking for a free ride for myself. (But if anyone knows of a "hunting camp" that a feller could rent, my email is open.) I'm still reading rules/regs.
I've never camped in a wall tent, I've been in a few of the "neighbors". Back in 04, a big game outfitter invited us into the "cook tent", it was big, I'll guess 15' X 40' or so? It was nice, tables/chairs down both walls, wood cook stove on one end, and it had indoor/outdoor carpet (Astro turf) on the floor. I didn't have a thermometer, but I'll bet the air temp in that thing was 100* shoulder-high, it was hot. If a guy would have a stove and a cot, that wouldn't be bad, even in cold weather. It would darned sure beat sleeping in a bag on the ground. The only tents that I've camped in were the kind where you crawl into headfirst, and either back-out on all 4 or twist around and crawl back out. The way wall tents are framed, you could rig a clothes line and at least dry a few of your essentials. Search "wall tent", they're expensive.
The last time we went on vacation we spent 4 or 5 nights in rental cabins, really they were set up just like a motel room. Each room was a separate building. That may be something to consider also.