(Photo of my camp wall – before someone stole the moose and deer antlers)
(The front door of sure-shot dave’s camp)
(Chessy’s deer camp from ’97)
(Chessy’s woodstove featuring both wet and dry wood)
(Inside shot of Chessy’s deer camp..looks pretty comfy)
(Photo of Trapper’s camp..looks nice!)
The term ‘Hunt camp’ is as open-ended as it comes and can mean different things to different people.
One person’s hunt camp might be a 4-man tent, while for someone else it could be a summer cottage transformed into a makeshift hunt camp when the leaves start to fall.
Other folks might be members of a private hunt club or an organized lodge, while some might even rent chalets, cabins or quinsy huts and call them a hunt camp. You might convert a fishing or trapping camp into a hunt camp in the fall and you know what, it doesn’t really matter.
Regardless of what four-walls become your hunt camp, tis the season to celebrate the sport we all know and love in your private little domain. Sharing the experience with friends and hunting companions will only served to enrich the experience.
Although it may come off sounding snooty, the hunt camp mentality is something only a true hunter has experienced and will ever really understand. Sorry to all animal rights people, environmentalists and other ‘non-hunters’ out there, you simply cannot comprehend and this post will, therefore, mean absolutely nothing to you.
My father called earlier to say he had just visited our hunt camp, and I had to know every detail!
What did it smell like inside? Any mice around? How about fresh deer tracks in the way in, were there any of those? Did the deer eat the apples I put out on Labour Day? Anyone been around? What is the firewood situation like?
It is a time of year when, like or not, many other things in our busy lives will take a backseat to this special place. We will dream about it at night and long for that glorious day when we first arrive.
After 31-years of this I know, all too well, the hunt camp experience is over in the blink of an eye..so enjoy your time this year to the fullest and for goodness sake, let it all soak in!
You just never know when it may be your last.
So, what does hunt camp mean to you? Please feel free to send in your camp photos by pm, and I’ll post them above!