2009 Hunting Diary—Day 2

When you are going out to spend a week in the bush, you need to have a good camp from which to base your operations. On a Saturday morning in October, our elk hunting group of four set out for elk camp. Two motor vehicles towing one trailer each, one containing the camp and supplies and the other carrying an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) and supplies. Using the information I gleaned from my previous scouting trip, we arrived at a suitable campsite that was away from major roads and secluded enough to provide us with the peace and quiet we craved, and access to suitable habitat.

Setting up a comfortable and safe hunting camp is first priority.

Setting up a comfortable and safe hunting camp is first priority.

As I have reported before (e.g., Hunting Camp), we use a traditional canvas wall tent with a weather fly. This is the first item we set up, and since we have been doing it for over 17 years with this particular tent, we pitch the tent in about 20 minutes. The 14 x 12 foot tent provides us with ample space for ourselves and our wood-burning stove. It also has a roof pitch that sheds rain and snow very well.

Once the tent is set up and our personal gear stowed inside, the next priority is fire wood. All hands are on deck to cut, buck and haul firewood to camp. The wood is split (if necessary) and sorted for inside and outside use. A lot of our cooking is done over an outside campfire when possible. The wood stored inside is for mostly heating purposes, particularly early in the morning and during inclement weather. The wood stored outside is covered with a tarp to keep it dry.

Dry firewood was a concern that first day, as we arrived under overcast skies with some showers. However, not a lot of weather developed from that system and the remainder of the day we spent getting to know the area around our camp.

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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