Taking a hammock alongside you on a hunting trip can make the experience just that much better – but not many people would even think to bring one. In this guide we’re going to explain the benefits of taking a hammock with you when hunting, what to look out for when buying a hammock for hunting and give you answers to the most frequently asked questions.
If you’re in a hurry, we’ve included our summary table so you can see our top picks for the best hammocks for hunting right below.
Benefits of Taking a Hammock with you When Hunting
It’s hard to realise the benefits of a hammock on a hunting trip until you actually decide to give it a go.
Having the option of a hammock is not only great if you want somewhere to relax, but during the warmer months it can be fun to sleep in during the night:
- Relaxing in a hammock is a great way to unwind at the end of a long days hunting, or even during a break in the day. The feeling of having your weight supported is unlike anything else and can be a great way to enjoy your hunting trip just that much more. Sure, a tent can be comfortable, but we believe that a hammock can be even more so if you buy the right one.
- If it’s not freezing cold at night, it’s actually quite possible to sleep in a hammock through the night on a hunting trip. You’ll have to make sure you’re prepared with a warm under and over quilt, as well as a mosquito net, but that can be more than worth it if you sleep better than in a tent.
- Another perk of hammocks is that they take up much less space than a tent, so there will be more locations where you can set up camp compared to if you had to set up a tent. This can be great to set up secondary campsites during consecutive nights of a hunting trip so you can be closer to where you want to be at first light
Things to Consider Before Buying a Hammock for Hunting
Before you decide to buy a hammock, its important to know exactly what to look out for.
The main points to consider are weight, color and quality of materials.
The whole point of buying a hammock for hunting is so that you can have something lightweight and easy to set up either during the day or at night to establish a secondary campsite.
As such, the weight is one of the most important things to look at. After looking at some of the best options on the market, we found that the typical hammock weighs a couple of pounds, which is nothing to worry about.
Although not one of the most important factors, the color that you decide to choose can have an impact on how camouflaged your campsite is. Virtually every option that we advise has either a green color or camouflage pattern, but make sure to double check before you buy just to be certain you’ve picked a suitable color.
Quality of Materials
Arguably the most important factor of all is the quality of materials.
The quality will not only depict the weight limit of the hammock, but how comfortable and reliable it is. In our guides, we always like to include one expensive option that has the best of the best materials so you have the option to go that route if you choose – but there are a lot of affordable options that are durable and comfortable as well.
The materials will also directly impact waterproofing as well, which is another important thing to consider depending on how much coverage you will be getting.
Top 6 Best Hammocks for Hunting – In-Depth Review
Now that we’ve gone through the points to consider before making your purchase, let’s take an in-depth look at the top 6 options on the market.
The GEERTOP Portable Hammock claims the top spot on this list and for good reason.
It sits right in the average price range for a hunting hammock and is packed full of features. It weighs just 1.87lbs in total and, although the weight capacity isn’t specifically mentioned, can easily support a single person.
We also liked how it is designed for colder weather, which is great because no matter where you are hunting the temperature is likely to fall significantly over the night – making this the perfect choice to sleep in through the night. If you are going somewhere where it can drop below 41°F then you’ll have to bring an extra layer or blanket with you, but apart from that you’ll be good to go.
Another thing is that the whole thing packs up tightly into an easy to carry bag, which is essential when you’re on a hunting trip.
The only downside is that during the warmer months this might not be the best option for during the day, however you can still bring it along as an easy to carry place to rest. You’ll also need to bring along a separate mosquito net, but that shouldn’t be a big deal.
Moving on to the number two spot and we have the suyi Portable Hammock.
We’ve including this into the list not just because of the massive capacity that it has, but also due to the built in mosquito net and low price. For what you’re getting, this might even be the best value of all the hammocks on this list.
441lbs capacity is enough for any person (we hope!), and the fact that the whole thing can be wrapped up there really isn’t much to complain about. There’s a few different colour options as well if you’re picky…
The only problem with this hammock is that the material is not particularly breathable, but it wasn’t too big of a problem to give a reason to rank this lower in the list.
Number 3 on the list is the Trekbudz Hammock which not only comes with a bug net but also a bonus survival bracelet. We know you’re probably not going to use the bracelet, but its a nice addition nonetheless.
This hammock prides itself in being an all-in-one solution and it provides just that. You’ve got a bug net and carry bag, combined with a system that is super easy to set up and use.
The whole thing weighs just 2.26lbs and has silky soft material for added comfort.
The only thing we didn’t like is that if you are in an area with lots of mosquitos, like a swamp or marsh, then the hammock can be vulnerable to them from the bottom. An easy fix here would be to use an extra layer below but it still lowers the ranking of this hammock slightly.
At number 4 is the COVACURE Camping Hammock that we liked for its low price point and sleek design.
This hammock has a net for those pesky mosquitos and, like many other examples on this list, fits into an easy to carry bag. Another thing we liked is the triple stitching combined with nylon straps which provides great support along the entirety of the length of the hammock.
At this price point you can’t expect the material to be top quality – and it certainly isn’t – but this hammock does provide real value for what you’re paying. It’s a treat to find a hammock this cheap that comes with a mosquito net, so for that reason we had to include it in the list.
The fifth hammock of the list is by KING SHOWDEN.
Weighing a little over a pound this hammock is super lightweight. It’s also got an underquilt that is thickened with hollow cotton to withstand temperatures between 40°F and 68°F, perfect for the majority of environments.
This is a great option if you’re looking for something a bit more insulated than the previous option, but still want that sleek aesthetic of your more conventional hammock.
Last but certainly not least is the TETON hammock, a brilliant option for those looking for an all rounder option.
This hammock also weighs less than 1 pound and is super easy to carry around and set up. Not only that, but it also comes with Rover Wiregate carabiners that provide lots of support and stability.
The reason this is last in the list is because the tree sling is sold separately, so you have to pay extra to get the full functionality of the hammock.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve included this section to address some of the most common questions relating to hammocks for hunting. If there are any other questions you would like to see added then please let us know here!
Can You Sleep in a Hammock Every Night of a hunting trip?
The research into hammocks is very lacklustre in terms of sleep, but there isn’t any evidence to disapprove of sleeping in a hammock every night.
What’s important to know is that over the duration of a hunting trip, it definitely won’t hurt you if you decide to sleep in a hammock every night.
Is Cotton or Polyester Better for a Hammock?
Cotton is a natural material that is breathable and absorbent, whereas polyester is synthetic and typically doesn’t breathe well.
For a hammock we prefer cotton over polyester, just as we advise natural materials in our other articles such as using Merino Wool for base layers.
The difference isn’t as big as it would be in an item of clothing, but you’ll still be able to tell the difference after a decent night’s sleep.
Do you Need a Pillow for a Hammock?
This is very subjective to the particular person answering; some people love to use pillows while others despise it.
The best advise here is to bring a pillow along with you and see if you can get comfortable, or better yet just set your hammock up at home and give it a try.
There really isn’t one answer to this one, just see what you prefer and go with it.