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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-21-2014, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Writing A Book On The History Of Pa. Deer Camps

Hey Folks!
I'm currently doing research to write a book on the traditions and legacy of the great Pennsylvania deer hunting camps of "yesteryear" and today. It's something I feel needs to be preserved in this fast changing world. I'm looking for stories and photos to document the history of the "deer camp" in Pennsylvania. We have such a rich heritage in our state (heck, we may be the only state that still closes school for the opening of deer season), so if you'd like to chat with me about being part of this project, please send me a PM. I hope this post doesn't violate HPA rules.
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Sounds like a great idea. If it's not against the rules I will share some stories.

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It would be great if we could see the stories that are submitted, especially the humerous ones.
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Sounds like a great project.

As long as the post and stories are within the HPA rules should be no problem.

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Sounds like a great project you have chosen to do

Good Luck with it

Are you writing abt the whole state or certain counties ??

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Re: Writing A Book On The History Of Pa. Deer Camps

There is one that a guy wrote about a few of the notable camps in Clearfield County......you could pick it up, and take a look at it to get some ideas.....it is also a good book to read if you like Clearfield County history.......

http://www.clearfieldcountyhistorica.../hunting-camps

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I love the idea and would purchase a copy. However, you better start writing! After last buck season, me and my crew decided that our "deer camp" is about to become just a "turkey and trout camp" after a decade of terrible deer hunting in southern Potter county.

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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!
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Writing a book about that very topic is an idea I've had since I retired back in 04, however being the lazy old coot that I am I never got the project off the ground. I wish you the very best of luck and I'll buy a copy for sure!!

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A very great book it could be especially if you can come up with some old and new photos to accompany the stories.

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