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Nothing makes a better hunting camp in the backcountry than the tailgate of your pickup truck. Whether you’re ultimately hunting by foot or by all-terrain vehicle, a solid basecamp where you can sleep comfortably, cook a hot meal and get warm is an essential part of any hunting trip.

Hunting camps don’t have to be complicated. Sometimes the simplest concepts make the most sense. They can also be accomplished with a minimal amount of gear and resources. We’ve broken down the essential components of a tailgate hunting camp so that you might fine-tune your own concepts. Here are the absolute necessities.