Traditional Hunters’ Guide: 5 Tips for Building Portable Hunting Cabins on a Budget

Olivia

February 27, 2020

Building a perfect rural hideaway will cost you less if you rely more on your brainpower and little on your wallet. Anyone who desires the continuation of history and a return to nature should be able to build a portable hunting cabin on a very lean budget.

Portable hunting cabins are types of hunting cabins that are movable from one location to another. Hunting cabins in this category include pole barns, which you can set up on a trailer and pull around with your truck whenever you go on a hunting expedition; prefabricated cabins, which are constructed in workshops and transported to a hunting site in the woods; and yurts, which are as movable as any small house.

Do you have plans for the next hunting season and intend to build a hunting cabin that you can move along with on your return to nature, but feel constrained by your budget? The next phase of this article will discuss invaluable tips for building a portable hunting cabin, even on a tight budget.

1. Develop a Plan, and Stick to It

Developing a plan is arguably the first step you’d want to consider if you’re ever going to spend less in building a portable hunting cabin. This step entails your having a complete idea of the materials needed, and how best to put them together, to achieve desired results. Planning also encompasses the design of your hunting cabin, bearing in mind its contribution towards giving you a memorable experience out in the wild.

2. Do It Yourself

If you’re already acquainted with the basics of building a portable hunting cabin, consider getting the job done yourself, as this will save you high costs.

However, if you’re a rookie and want to learn how to make a portable hunting cabin, following these steps will guide you through the process of creating one yourself.

3. Rent Your Tools and Equipment

If you decide to purchase all the tools you need to build a hunting cabin, you’d probably blow your budget before getting started. 

Renting the tools you’ll need from local shops near you, will undoubtedly save you sizeable costs, and spare you the agony of losing some of these tools to rust due to non-frequent usage.

4. Stick to the Basics.

Spending on enhancing the aesthetic value of your cabin might strain your budget. Remember, a fancy house isn’t what you set out to build. It’s a hunting cabin.

Endeavor to use the original floor plan of the hunting cabin without altering it. Also, do your best to stick to enhancing only the structure’s functionality.

Sticking to the basics does not, however, mean taking the cheap route when sourcing for building materials like doors, windows, roofs, and others. High-quality features may increase the cost of building your cabin at first, but the investment will pay off eventually.

That said, consider finding a balance between quality and affordability. The best materials for your hunting cabin aren’t after all the best looking. They’re the materials that’ll enhance the ruggedness and rustic design of your cabin.

5. Build Your Hunting Cabin Off-The-Grid 

When you’re on a budget, it’s best to build your hunting cabin off-grid and save money on other utilities. Less reliance on public sources, is arguably our most straightforward option, especially as you’d be personally handling most parts of the project.

If you choose to build your cabin off-grid, you’ll only spend on materials and equipment needed to work on the project.

To survive in your off-grid homestead, you’ll need electricity, heat, water, and a toilet system. You might decide to power your cabin with solar panels or wind turbines. You might even choose to stay with no electricity at all. Who knows? A cabin without electricity might add to the thrill of the hunt.

When you build your hunting cabin off-grid with no provision for a bathroom with running water, you may consider getting a septic tank, as this is very necessary if you’ll be self-sufficient on your sojourn away from “civilization.”

Furthermore, if you site your cabin close to a water body, you’ll have an all-round source of water and fish. Adapting to your new off-grid environment will be challenging, no doubt, but having a hunting cabin that supports that new life will make the transition a lot easier.

Conclusion

Building a portable hunting cabin isn’t limited to only those with extravagant budgets. Having a passion for the game, a great desire to preserve history, and the hunger for owning a rural hideaway, will set you on the path to making one for yourself.

Drawing up a plan and sticking to the same, undertaking to build the cabin yourself, and structuring your cabin off-the-grid, are some of the few steps you’d take if you aim to build a portable hunting cabin on a low budget.

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