People with a love for wildlife and camping are also fond of Hunting as well as Fishing. Hunting was most commonly performed for the purpose of food, for enjoyment and recreational purpose or even to get rid of the predators, which are harmful to domestic animals or even humans. However, hunting is different than poaching. Poaching is illegal trapping or killing of hunted species. People in the USA love hunting while camping during their holidays.
Importance of Building a Hunting Camp
Fishing is another recreational activity performed by the backpackers. Various aquatic animals are caught during camping; for instance, aquatic mammals, farmed fish, whales, etc. Modern fishing provides food as well as used as a recreational pastime. It is primarily done for competition and pleasure. The kind of fishes trapped during fishing are:
The thought of hunting and camping is exciting, but executing it could be a tough task. It is hard mainly because of building camps for hunting and fishing. The task of building camps for hunting and fishing requires strategy and methodology.
Only the right tips can help you build that correct outdoor tent for your activities. With so many long books out there for the science of building tents, here I have listed few tips and tactics to build your perfect hunting and fishing camp.
Why should I build my own hunting and fishing camp?
Before learning and activity or art, the purpose should be clear in our mind. That is what drives us to learn it effectively. Same goes for building camps and tents for hunting and fishing for that matter. Building your own hunting and fishing camps will allow you to manage the amount of land you possess for best hunts.
It will also help you utilize the natural resources effectively and responsibly. Even making most of the public land provided can be a brainy task, which is better if you do by yourself. So, here are some steps you must follow before building a camp for hunting or fishing.
1. Make a Plan, Choose the Materials
Imagine your camp well before building it. You must be able to list all the features you will need in your tent. You can list out something like lightweight, 3-4 person backpacking camp, nice view of starts and visibility of all the sides, etc. For material you would not want your lovely camp getting wet in the rain, so go for waterproof. A giant cabin tent suits better than a dome-shaped tent.
If you already have something old for camp materials, you need to give pre-treatments to them. You can use tent washing detergents for washing it first. You should also waterproof your camp material. You can do this by using mineral spirits, silicone, etc. You can also beautify your camp by dyeing it with the desired color. You can then start to rip seams and make everything lie flat. Save zippers and such expensive stuff for future usage.
2. Get Your Measurements Right
Taking measurements is a very crucial task, and you should do it meticulously. You will need tools like:
- Measuring tape
- Square frame
- Tent poles
- Long strings
With all these with you, you can head on to a yard or a wide open area.
You can make a 3D string model first to get a better idea. Then decide how much area you will need to your camp and then proceed for poking the pegs in the ground. This is just for getting the rough measurements.
After getting enough room, you can round-off each dimension. Now you can use your frame square and tape to get the perfect square shape. Adjust the poles and make them firms using stakes and cords. You can also measure the required dimensions of fly, windows, and doors.
3. List Down All the Parts
Now you must make a list of all the parts to avoid confusion. Also, along with each part you can write its dimension. For example, a screen with one door, two side doors, foot wall, etc. You can list down the number of zippers required for each part like doors and vents. For webbing, count number of loops, tie downs and fly required. Also, cordages you will need. Use old ones if you already have.
4. Make the Frames
You will have to make a frame, which is set to the dimensions of each piece. You can make the frame re-adjustable to alter the dimensions whenever required. After setting the frame, you can stretch your old tent’s cloth and clamp it on the frame.
Try to cover the full frame. Also, choose the right material for your frames, which is long enough and won’t flex. You can use flat aluminum stocks, which are stiff enough. You will also need a couple of spring clamps to hold the frame together.
5. Time for Sewing
Sewing would not be a problem even if you have never done it before. Coming till this step proves that you can do anything. For sewing, get your tools with you. The first and foremost is a good sewing machine. You will need the following things:
- Good scissors
- Lot of UV resistant nylon threads
- Lots of pins
- A tape measure
- Ream ripper
You can use the manual of your sewing machine to operate it. Start with making straight stitches on the scrap material. You can use denim needles for seams and zippers. Also, use waterproof seam sealer for sewing and do mix up with silicone and mineral spirits.
6. Make Windows and Doors
Start with cutting out the windows and doors put them into camps wall pieces. The desired size you can draw onto a cloth using a yardstick. After making the cuts start sewing zippers. Instead of sewing the zippers on the frame first, start sewing windows and doors first. Make sure the zipper is closed during sewing. You should also stitch the screen doors. Having both screen and solid doors is advantageous.
7. Make Side Doors and Roof
Making side doors and sewing them is quite easy. But the task requires enough skills. You can measure the doors first and then cut accordingly. For making roof, you must have large rectangular screen piece with ripstop and border strips. Then match the edges, sew them, pin them along the roll.
Now, the camp assembly is ready. You can sew and pin all four walls to the roof. Also, you will have to sew the walls with each corner seams. Start with front doors, back wall and then side walls. Adding the fly and waterproofing will be the next step.
So, here is your hunting and fishing camp all set for your best outdoor experience. Go with your loved ones to make most of it. The camp can be designed according to a number of people and manpower available for building the camp. For hunting and fishing, spring is the best season in the USA.
Don’t leave room for second thoughts and learn the steps to make your nearly perfect hunting and fishing camp by yourself. You can be really creative and decorate your amazing camp giving it a personalized touch.