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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Re: Writing A Book On The History Of Pa. Deer Camps
Thanks for all the comments and input! I'm looking at stories from the entire state of Penna.
I've been intrigued with this for a while now. As an example:
A camp that my father-in-law was a member of (before he passed away) has a storied history. It's a beautiful log lodge with a 25 person membership, located in Clearfield County. Deer season was a celebration, and as soon as Thanksgiving dinner was over it was off to camp. The place used to be full of members and friends (with a lot of characters), and the "night before the opener" was a huge meal and event. Now, although they still have a full roster, they get 9-10 people in for the dinner, and 3 or 4 stay around for a few days to hunt.
I'm looking at portraying the "social aspect" of our deer hunting traditions of the past with funny, embarrassing, and even traumatic/sad stories of camp members.
There's a lot of history here that needs documented!
The reason I'm requesting PM's for anyone that has something they'd like to share is that I'd like to make personal contact with you, chat a bit, and hopefully be able to visit your camp, take some pics (as well as utilize some of your old photos), and bring to life the "legends and lore" that IS Pennsylvania. There have been a lot of great stories on this forum about camps, but I want to delve deeper into this subject with people, and not abuse the HPA site.
Y'all are great! Send me a PM!