I sure miss deer hunting’s good, old days. If you live in the South, or you’re a Northerner older than 40, you most likely know what I’m talking about: Deer camp. I’m talking real, live deer camp. The experience that cleanses the mind, refreshes your soul, gives you some good belly laughs to strip away the stressors of everyday life.
The DDH founders knew what deer camp was all about: Sharing good times and learning more about the whitetail. Here, the magazine’s field editors and staff share a bowhunt in the mid-1980s in northern Wisconsin. From left: contributor Charles Alsheimer, staff member Randall Schwalbach, contributor Kent Horner, Founder Al Hofacker and contributor Richard Smith.
Although we’ve been seriously focussed on the finer points of deer and deer hunting here for almost 40 years, we also haven’t forgotten about what deer camp is all about. This photo is a prime example of how grown men can come together for a few days in fall and share that meaningful camaraderie that only deer camp can provide. Those moments transcend the hunt.
Although my favorite deer camp moments are memories of hunts with family and friends in the remote North Woods, I have also experienced fond hunts in overlooked deer destinations such as Florida, southern Alabama and western Missouri. The terrain might have been different, but the company is what made the difference. These memories are worth way more to me than the biggest buck in the woods. That’s not bawdy talk. I truly mean it.
How about you? What is your favorite deer camp memory? Where did it happen? When did it happen? Click the “reply” button below and share your thoughts.
Maximize Your Deer Season Planning With the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar!
From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2015 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing, so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.
The calendar features amazing whitetail deer photography, capturing deer in all the seasons and providing deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt. It’s not only the most useful calendar you’ll own, but quite possibly the ultimate gift for any deer hunter!
With the 2015 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:
- When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
- Predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2015
- Daily 2015 Moon-phase data
- Peak rut activity for the 2015 season
- When to plan your vacation around the 2015 whitetail rut