Hunting Camp

Over my nearly 40 years of hunting in the Alberta wilderness, I have noted a decided decline in the overall quality of hunting camps set up by other hunters. Often, little regard is given to how a camp should be laid out and made safe and healthy. In my September Alberta Outdoorsmen column, I discuss what makes a successful hunting camp.

Our hunting party enjoys camping in the traditional way: canvas wall tent complete with wood-fueled stove, cooking outside on an open fire, etc. We can have a very comfortable camp setup within a couple of hours that provides a warm and safe place to sleep, and ensures our footprint on the landscape is minimal.

[Update: Go to my 2011 August 10 blog entry The Successful Hunting Camp for a description of how a camp should be laid out.]

So what’s wrong with that?


About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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3 Responses to Hunting Camp

  1. Hugh Gaskins says:

    I have spent many days hunting the Alberta wilderness and always looked forward to getting back to our camp after hunting. I can still smell the food as it cooks over the open fire and enjoy the canvas tents with the wood burners. This is good for your soul, mind and body. Thanks for taking me back.

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  3. scott imus says:

    A-men brother. There is nothing like a canvas tent with a woodstove in it. I have spent many years in pursit of deer, elk, and antelope with such a camp, sometimes horseback.

    This weekend nov. 7 we will contine a family tradition by having a party outside cooking with dutch ovens around a fire. Buffalo for Thanksgiving is a family favorite with the men cooking outside and the women inside. Even people who do not spend much time outdoors love the concept. A tepee was a fovorite of many guests, but our canvas finally rotted out. This week we will have two wall tents with stoves and an open fire with a sheet metal stove top.

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