Ten Rules for Hunting Camp
April 24, 2018
Yes, I know that you usually just want to enjoy a deer hunting trip without worrying about the office politics, bureaucratic, regulatory that often comes with trips on the deer lease. But do not think that you can have the deer lease running without some rules, responsibilities, and expectations unless you want to run into serious problems. You can just have a small area of land and enforce nothing in it, even your best friend could be lead into fights over details of having the deer lease.
To prevent some future headaches, you should just set up some answers beforehand. Some choices are just yes-no answers, pretty easy I must say. May you smoke in the camp? Must you lock the gate behind you? There are hundreds of others questions involving varying approaches and personality conflicts in hunting. These are 10 most common questions that need to be answered before the season comes to ensure that you camp will run smoothly.
Decide on the authority system of your camp early on and then stick with those choices after that. It is just purely political and democratic: a person who gets the majority of the votes will win. Or maybe you will want a more republican procedure, you will choose a committee of leaders to decide on crucial issues. Or even there are some people who would run a deer hunting lease with a dictatorship government: the one who has done most of the work get the rights to make rules and propose them. Then the remaining members could decide if they think they accept it. All the hard work, but there is one thing not working is the system where rules constantly change for no reason.
It is always a pleasure to go hunting with a friend. But set up a strict guest policy before unless you want to irritate other members with an extended family member or a friend during important times of the season. It is like the club with limited and does only guest policy.
How you use the treestand is important to feathers being unruffled. Some camps have a first come first served policy when it comes to treestands while the members themselves have private treestands that are out of the owner’s power. It is important to agree and respect each other’s treestand.
It is common that hunters put a tree stand up between other’s treestand and the deer he is hunting and this often leads to heated conversation.
Sometimes hunters with guns surprise bow hunters with sudden scouting shots of out nowhere before the archery season begins. These kinds of problems can cause a lot of troubles. Just state rules, for example, no scouting before the season opener, no scouting in the season except between 12 and 1 PM. The main idea is preventing these last minute, lazy Scouters from ruining others’ hard work people have done before season beginnings.
Some rabbit hunters have run their hounds into the deer ground area and ruined other’s experiences. Also, some hunters might wake the woods up with the duck gun and ruin other fellow deer hunters as well. It goes both ways. It must be agreed before that whether deer hunting is allowed, whether you can hunt waterfowlers on specific days, whether squirrel hunting is allowed, etc. You will not always find a correct answer to this question.
We are getting into real business here. In some states it is legal to bait deer, oats, apples, beets or corn, feeding the deer is always a complicated issue. We do not judge you the practice here, but there is one thing you must know: unless you want to pack the pruning shears along with your punching gloves, come to an agreement that controls the baiting policy of hunting trips on your lease.
Have it early as baiting methods change deer movement on a bigger scale than a piece of floor around the pile. The carrots or corn pile that is in front of another blind will impact, positively or negatively another blind. There are always some hunters that will have problems with bait in any kind while hunting. Handle this before you receive the checks.
Work and Play Hard
A hunting club is, for some hunters, where to stay in a treestand all alone as a reason to know other like-minded hunters and socialize. It is a method of temporarily escaping the stress of work and family responsibilities, they just do not want to work during lease times. Again, there is no correct answer, you must to propose a rule about a number of days required for members to work if you need to. Otherwise, do not be angry with hunters who just want some fresh meat on their table and relax for their own good.
Those workers are more boring than work days. You need to decide who to replace a rusted lock, to take a camo net down, to feed wood stove, to haul wood, to wash the dish, to cook meals, to send Christmas gift, etc.
There is a system used in a Michigan camp that there are teams of two or three people that rotate the daily chores. Teams will do the duties written on a chart so people will automatically know what they need to do.
There is no universal rule about antler restrictions. People might like a large buck, a young doe with long back or even a forkhorn. But small hunting leases may not need them. If there is one, write it down to the paper with the consequences for who violate the rules so no one can complain later. Maybe assess fines or just ribbing.
The Happy Hours
The next problem of your is alcohol handling in the camp. The rule should be always no alcohol during or prior to a hunt. That being said, you may think about some game beer or resting cocktail. There are some leases that prohibit alcohol until all the guns were locked away and cleaned.