Win A Brand-new Rainier Tent For Your Hunting Camp!

UPDATE, JAN. 7, 2010: A winner has been declared, and it’s Lori Robelia of Orondo, Wash.!

While many fine entries came in — some in spectacular scenery, some that made us laugh — the folks at Rainier Tents judged her shot to be the best.

Thanks EVERYONE who sent us photos, we really do appreciate it!

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NWS

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In case you missed that ad on page 127 of our November issue, we want your snap shots of the best and worst “Hunting Hotels” of the West. They will be entered in a contest to win a brand-new Rainier Tent!

Rainier Tents are made right here in the Northwest, have been for 113 years. Miners took ‘em to Alaska during the gold rush, and these days, deer and elk hunters use them to set up veritable hotels in the wilds of Washington, Oregon and the Northern Rockies.

Now, you don’t have to actually own a Rainier Tent to enter this contest. All you have to do is send us your picture of, say, your hunting partner’s setup, one in your campground, or maybe one you’ve seen while driving over, say, Colockum Pass, the Cascades, Northeast Oregon — wherever. And if you have a Rainier Tent, sheesh, might as well send us a pic too — you might get upgraded if you win!

You can mail prints to Northwest Sportsman, Attn: Rainier Tent Contest, PO Box 24365, Seattle, WA 98124-0365, or just email them to andy@nwsportsmanmag.com.

The contest is open through Dec. 31, 2009. A winner, chosen by Rainier Tents staff, will be announced Jan. 15, 2010, here. One tent will be awarded.

Check back in this space often for the latest entries. Here are a few ideas to get things started:

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KEITH CAMMEL WAS THE CONTEST'S FIRST ENTRANT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE COULD USE A NEW TENT INSTEAD OF AN OLD TARP OVER THEIR COOKING AREA! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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THAT'S A NICE PAIR ... OF TENTS AT MARK WELLS' OKANOGAN COUNTY DEER CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT COLD. I COULD SURE USE A TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE AT HIS 2008 MOOSE CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT OLD. I COULD USE A GOOD TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE DURING HIS 2008 MOOSE HUNT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST HUNTING CAMP WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, AND TONY MORALES' IS ALSO THE MOST SPARTAN. "ONE TARP, TWO BED ROLLS. THAT'S ALL I GOT! I GET WET SOMETIMES," HE WRITES. AHH, BUT THE VIEWS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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TONY MORALES' CAMP (PHOTO ABOVE THIS) CERTAINLY IS WAY BACK AND IN, AND SO IS JOE FAULKNER'S MOUNTAIN GOAT BASE CAMP -- 17 MILES BACK INTO THE ALASKAN BUSH. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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DAVID SCHUURMAN AND FRIENDS FONDLY RECALL THE MEMORIES FROM THIS 1996 CAMP IN MONTANA'S MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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BRIAN NYGREN'S 2002 HUNTING CAMP LOOKS COZY ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 SETUP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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TENT? WHO NEEDS ONE, MICHAEL BLAKE'S PA (PICTURED HERE), MIGHT ARGUE, BUT HIS SON "SHORE COULD USE A TENT," SO BLAKE SUBMITTED THIS SHOT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WELL, NOT EXACTLY A HUNTING CAMP, BUT ALL THOSE TENTS AT THE WASHINGTON MOUNTAIN MEN'S OLD GATHERING AT BLEWETT PASS SURE LOOK GOOD. MICHAEL BLAKE OF CHEHALIS SENT THE IMAGE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

THEY HUNT HARD AT KEVIN MEDVED AND FRIENDS' "VIAGRA CAMP" IN COLORADO'S UNIT 33, BUT SOMETIMES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... THE WIND BLOWS HARDER. MEDVED SAYS A "ONCE IN A DECADE" STORM TOPPLED AN OLD ASPEN ONTO CAMP VIAGRA, TURNING IT INTO A LIMP PILE OF CANVAS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BUT MOTHER NATURE'S NO MATCH FOR CAMP VIAGRA -- IT ROSE AGAIN, ERR, SORT OF. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

SHEESH, MEDVED AND THE BOYS EVEN HAVE A CAMP VIAGRA PENANT! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LORI ROBELIA'S CAMP WAS A GREAT HOME AWAY FROM HOME DURING HER 11-DAY ANY-BULL COLOCKUM ELK HUNT. "OUR 12x16 RAINIER WALL TENT DID THE JOB AGAIN IN SUNSHINE TO 3-PLUS INCHES OF SNOW THAT CAME AND WENT! THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A COMFORTABLE, WARM CAMP TO KEEP YOU CHASING THE BIG ONES! AND YES, MY TAG WAS FILLED WITH JUST MY SECOND BULL ELK," SHE WRITES. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AHHH, YES, NOTHING LIKE CUTTING UP A LITTLE WOOD FOR THE EVENING FIRE UP AT ELK CAMP HIGH IN THE CRISP FALL MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... TAKING A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY OF THE ROCKIES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... BEING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS AT A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND, TO UNWIND AT THE END OF THE DAY, DOING A BACK FLIP INTO THE CAMPFIRE. GARETT HOCH SENT THIS AND THE ABOVE TWO PICS ALONG. "OUR GROUP IS IN THE NORTHWEST COLORADO FLAT TOPS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER (FIRST SEASON ELK-THIRD SEASON ELK. WE HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESSFUL HUNTS, AND SOME NOT SO MUCH, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH EACH OTHERS' COMPANY." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHAT BETTER USE FOR YOUR GAME POLE -- ESPECIALLY IF IT ISN'T BEING USED -- THAN TO HANG A PIƱATA FROM?!?! "WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY IS THE DAY AFTER OPENING DAY OF (EARLY ARCHERY) ELK SEASON, YOU JUST HAVE TO PARTY AT CAMP," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. "CAMP" WAS IN WASHINGTON'S MANASTASH UNIT, NORTHWEST OF YAKIMA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BIRTHDAY GIRL RUBY RELAXES AFTERWARDS WITH MOMMA IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AFTER THE PARTY, RUBY RELAXES IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND TRIES ON DAD'S ELK HUNTING CAMO DO-RAG. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE -- NOT JUST OUTSIDE -- THAT COUNTS AT BOB CUMMINGS' ELK CAMP. THE PHOENIX, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS HE'S HAD THIS TENT GOING ON 21 SEASONS, "AND IT STILL HAS THE MAGIC. SIGNING THE WALL INSIDE IS ALMOST AS FUN AS THE HUNTING." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

OUR MOST PROLIFIC CONTEST ENTRANT, MICHAEL BLAKE SENT US THIS SHOT OF EVENING OVER AN IDAHO DEER/ELK CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IF IT SNOWS THIS MUCH, YOU BETTER HAVE A NICE 'N SNUG TENT! RANDY MARTIN SENT US A MESS OF PICS FROM HIS FAMILY'S "YEAR-ROUND CANVAS HOTEL LOCATED DEEP IN CENTRAL OREGON." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

MARTIN, A SPRINGFIELD, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS THEY USE THE TENT AS THEIR BASE TO HUNT, FISH AND RIDE ATV'S THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"MANY, MANY SUCCESSFUL ELK, DEER, COUGAR AND COYOTE HUNTS," WRITES MARTIN. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"ALMOST HOME AWAY FROM HOME," HE ADDS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

YEP, A VERY SWEET MOUNTAIN MOTEL! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

HAVE WE MENTIONED HOW LONG-LASTING CANVAS TENTS CAN BE? "THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN 1999," WRITES DAN ROBELIA OF CHELAN. "AN OLD CLASSIC, THIS BLUE RAINIER TENT WAS PURCHASED IN THE '80S USED. STILL BEING USED FOR DEER CAMP TODAY!" (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LARRY SCOGGIN'S ELK CAMP JUST BELOW 5,000 FEET IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS SURE LOOKS SNUG! "THIS BIG TENT IS 16 YEARS OLD AND WE GOT IT IN 1993," HE WRITES. AS FOR WHY 1937'S WRITTEN ON THE FRONT, SCOGGIN SAYS THAT'S THE YEAR HIS FATHER AND UNCLES STARTED HUNTING THE AREA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHOSE NYLON IGLOO IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE AND DUMP SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ON THE HUNTERS INSIDE? "A LITTLE SNOW DURING LATE SEASON IN THE NACHES SHOWS HOW HANDY A GOOD TENT WOULD BE," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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