The Importance of Hunting Camps

Hunting camps are always a popular topic of discussion among traditional black powder hunters. With the arrival of Mi-ki-naak, the Snapping Turtle, and the demise of the wigwam used by Msko-waagosh, the Red Fox, the subject of an appropriate, period-correct shelter is a major focus of evening research sessions. At the same time, a number of requests for information on 18th-century shelters have popped up, either in telephone conversations or via email requests.

A traditonal woodsman adjusting gear in a night fall shelter.As is always the case, historical knowledge and understanding change with the emergence of each new journal or narrative. Now seems a good time to revisit the classification of hunting camps from the traditional hunter’s perspective. There are, of course, a number of ways to look at each topic, and mine is only one of many.

I posted “Hunting Camps: Intro” and “Hunting Camps: Night Fall Camps” under “The Basics” category in the navigation menu of this site. I thought this topic was worthy of page status, but I limited the documentation because most hunting journals mention camps, some with complete descriptions and some with sketchy passages. With luck, the next installments will appear within a week or so. And if there is enough interest, I can post a how-to showing some of the steps used to construct the different camps.

Be safe and may God bless you all.

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