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Posted: Oct 20, 2020 - 05:55 pm


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Been a run and gun sorta guy all my life but debating the merits of a seasonal hut.

Interested on input regarding pros vs cons. I would still do some running and gunning but would use the seasonal to fish and as a base.

Also what sort of size for say 3 people with the capability to overnight? I know there would be great seasonal variation but in an average year how often do you have to lift the hut out of the water/slush?

Would a 3 person overnight capable hut be towable by snowmobile? For reference my sled is fairly capable - 900 cc Skandic, super wide, skins, studs, scratchers, low gear tow mode with a "Ski-Doo" tow rating of 1500 lbs.

Also what are people comfortable leaving in the hut security wise? Nothing? Propane and Heater?

Also if relevant last year i made it out 8 weekends between Jan 01 to Mar 15 and anticipate similar in 2021.

Any other words of wisdom appreciated.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2020 - 09:12 pm


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There will be a few ideas and opinions, but I would go to a couple of the hut ops and ask to see their 4 person huts and go from there. It may give you some good ideas.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2020 - 08:09 am


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maybe not what you want to hear but id recommend just getting a nice big insulated pop up.
the ones from otter are huge. I have camped with two guys overnight plenty of room and they make an even bigger one than what i have. i have debated this with buddies but to me the portability and lack of maintenance just cant be beat. like you mentioned depending on weather, with a permanent hut you have to be out there putting hut on blocks and have to worry about theft.


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Posted: Oct 21, 2020 - 10:36 am


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With the cost of material and your time to build I'd go with a big insulted hut, two heaters and buy some cots.
You could as well make a foldable floor and put the portable on top of the floor..
The floor if designed right could be the sled to pull out the gear as well..
Just a suggestion and I'm sure your machine would pull this easier then a heavy permanent hut..
Cheers and lets us know the outcome..

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Posted: Oct 21, 2020 - 10:41 am


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Thanks for the input.

Hate those #$%@ hubs especially in the wind - maybe it's just me or the brand of shelter.

Sounds like portable is still the way to go. Have the cots, heaters etc already and have a 5 man that 2 guys could sleep in but not 3. Might have to get a second toboggan as the stuff required is a lot compared to just day tripping.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2020 - 10:58 am


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The big downfall to any fabric portable hut is the wind..anchor anchor anchor..
I've often though about using 2x4s and attaching the flaps on top, then anchor them into the ice..

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020 - 10:59 am


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after many decades with a stay put ice hut i just purchased an eskimo 949i pop up.
Guess i will find out this winter. My thought is no jacking up and no pulling in and out.Also when fishing dies off i can move.I will miss the just drive out and start fishing though.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020 - 11:07 am


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QUOTE (kenster @ Oct 22, 2020 - 10:59 am)
after many decades with a stay put ice hut i just purchased an eskimo 949i pop up.
Guess i will find out this winter. My thought is no jacking up and no pulling in and out.Also when fishing dies off i can move.I will miss the just drive out and start fishing though.

That's a awesome hut, that's the one I was waiting for to go on sale but never did. I couldn't pass up the deal I got on the Eskimo 3i. It was such a great deal I purchased 2 and flipped the other one...
Enjoy the nice New hut..

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Posted: Oct 23, 2020 - 10:08 am


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Got a very good deal online from Dominion outdoors.They're having a ten year anniversary salel.Will post some future Pic's on the Lake.

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Posted: Nov 13, 2020 - 02:15 pm


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So decided to scrap the seasonal hut idea and take the budget for that and do a 7 trip by snowmobile into Wabakimi in March. Already have all the gear i need for that.

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Posted: Nov 13, 2020 - 05:00 pm


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Just my opinion, until your to old to run and gun I'd stick with pop-up shelters. Especially the security factor of the permanent huts, it never made sense to me. You see people on the forum every year reporting break-ins. They always seem like a dream until you consider all the factors to consider, I think as long as I'm capable I'll stick with the pop-ups (also a lifesaver budget-wise lmao). Stay safe this not so quickly approaching early-season everyone!

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Posted: Nov 25, 2020 - 06:20 pm


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We had a permanent on Simcoe for years and a few friends fished it as well. Itís awesome to drive out to the hut flip the heater on and start fishing. However thereís no free ride as we had to haul it up(2 hour drive ) and it took a couple extra people to set it up. If I was doing it again I would build it as light as possible so it would be easier to move even during the season if the fishing slowed down.

I stayed in it overnight most weekends and it sure made winter pass quickly. Those were good times and we caught a fair number of fish.

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