Inexpensive Hunting Cabins for Comfortable Shelter

Inexpensive Hunting Cabins for Comfortable Shelter

We know it can take years to complete your ideal piece of hunting land with a solid, comfortable lodge. There's potentially a lot of time and money involved if you're not careful. But by taking your time and building each aspect as those two factors allow, you’ll slowly shape it into the place you’ve always dreamed about.

Not all of our listings include a home or cabin, but each contains a piece of land, which is ultimately the foundation to get you started. Once a piece of hunting land is yours, you can craft it however you'd like whether it’s a weekend getaway spot or a full-time home. There are many move-in ready, turnkey hunting properties for sale, but we also offer some great deals on undeveloped land. Instead of waiting years to put up a structure, erect an affordable shelter until you find the time or capital to build your hunting property ideal home.

Off-the-Grid Cabins

There are several cabin-kit companies that provide easy-to-assemble structures, ranging in size from 400 square feet to more than 1,000, and cater to the needs of hunters. The cabin kits are surprisingly easy to erect as they usually don’t require sawing, drilling or heavy equipment to build. They are delivered in pieces, with the windows and doors already installed. Many companies claim it takes only a day to get the cabin set up. Price can vary based on floor plans, upgrades and size.

If you are handy, you can buy the plans and build a cabin yourself. Another option is turning a shed kit into living quarters. These are usually small, but affordable, and can serve as a great temporary shelter. Whichever option you choose, be sure to check with local zoning officials to inquire about permits.  

Tiny House

Three to five hundred square feet would be considered a tiny house. The frame rests on a double-axle or a gooseneck utility trailer depending on size. These diminutive homes can be equipped to keep you off the grid, and the coolest part is they can easily be moved.

Most are designed to utilize every part of the small space as efficiently as possible. Appliances are smaller, stairs double as storage, tables fold up when not in use and the bedroom is located in a loft. Because they are so low impact and easy to keep up, tiny houses make an ideal option for a hunting cabin that you can easily move if you decide to build a larger structure later.

While you can buy ready-built tiny houses or hire someone to craft one, the cheaper option is building your own. Plans are available for sale on the internet and all you’ll need to invest are several weekends for construction.

Shipping Container Cabins

Shipping container hunting cabin

The inside of an old shipping container can easily be converted into a hunting cabin. After all, the frame is already constructed and solid. The cost of the containers is cheap and they are often are stockpiled around port cities and railroad depots. Look for ones labeled “one trip,” which means they were manufactured overseas and used to export goods only once. Expect a 20’ x 8’ x 8’ container to sell for $1,000-$2,000 and a 40’ x 8’ x 8’ for $2,000-$4,000.

Shipping container homes are practically bulletproof. They are air and watertight, which makes them hard to break into. They can also ride out heavy storms and sustain no damage. You can add a kitchen, windows, plumbing, electricity, heating and air conditioning. In some areas, they are deemed as temporary structures, so permits may not be needed.

For all their benefits, there are a few drawbacks to using a shipping container as a hunting cabin. Shipping and delivery rates can be expensive, and once you buy it you’re stuck with it unless you pay to have it hauled away. So before buying, always get a quote on what it’ll cost. Since they’re airtight and metal, it’s hard to keep the inside temperature consistent. You’ll want to add a layer of insulation to help with that.

However, a shipping container cabin will last forever, you can use it as additional living quarters or storage if you build another house on the property and they will keep trespassers out. You just have to decide if the cost and labor involved is worth more than building a more traditional structure


Tents are a good alternative to traditional hunting cabins. 

Consider a tent if you’ll be only visiting on the weekends or a week or two of vacation time during the rut. Canvas wall tents have come a long way since early settlers used them for hunting, mining, fishing and trapping camps. Often referred to as “cabin tents,” these shelters feature an aluminum frame, heavy-duty canvas treated with fire retardant, water and mildew repellant, and optional amenities such as sewn in floors, stoves and insulation. A basic wall tent with frame costs about $1,000-$1,500 based on canvas weight, frame materials and optional upgrades.

When it comes to setting one up on your hunting property, try to pick a site away from where you’ll be hunting and where the prevailing winds will blow scent away from core deer areas. Tents are a great option if you need to set up shelter fast before the upcoming season or want to keep the land undeveloped.  

As sportsmen, we know the value in a piece of property is the land itself. If you find a piece of property you love without a livable structure, consider one of these options until you’re ready to build the lodge of your dreams

Tent Photo via Montana Canvas / Container Photo via Cargotecture / Tiny House Photo via Flickr