Best Hunting Camp Gear and Gadgets for 2017
Hunting season is a holiday to many people, and opening day is even an official holiday in many states. The value is often more about getting away from the everyday grind and getting back out in nature, and hanging out with friends in a “camp” environment. The question is how much “roughing it” is a positive.
We have compiled our list of our favorite gear for outfitting a hunting camp. We don’t judge… sometimes you want to hardcore back to nature, sometimes you want effectively go “glamping”.
Very powerful and portable heater:
Move the cooking outside with this over / stove camp kitchen:
Food is one of the great things about camping. When you’re camping with the Outdoor Camp Oven you can prepare delicious homemade meals without leaving the campsite. This oven unlocks all the cooking capabilities of a home oven and range. Designed to be both portable and versatile, the Outdoor Camp Oven will provide you with the heat necessary to cook anything from a breakfast skillet to your favorite baked breads and cookies. The oven can reach temperatures up to 400° F and will easily fit a 9 x 13 pan so you can carry out all of your baking needs. Fueled by a 1 pound propane bottle, this oven will hold a temperature of up 350° F for up to 7 hours making it great for emergency preparedness.
Cast Iron is the official cookware of hunting camps. Make sure to season before using:
It’s a deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch Oven, and the lid converts to a shallow skillet or griddle. The Lodge Combo Cooker is a versatile piece of cast iron cookware that allows the preparation of almost any recipe.
The black patina given to the cookware by the factory seasoning process is, in fact, vegetable oil that has been baked into a piece of cookware that has emerged from an individual sand mold. This coating of oil is a functional application and not a cosmetic application. The cookware is hanging as it rides through the electrostatic sprayer and commercial conveyer ovens at very high temperatures. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the pores of the iron which creates an easy release finish.
The Game Hoist is such a practical device for hunting camps, especially deer camps:
Rage Power Sport 360 Degree Swivel Base Hitch Mounted Deer Hoist is designed for use with 2″ Class III/IV vehicle hitch receivers. It provides an instant setup for game skinning, irrigating, cleaning, and aging (if the vehicle is parked for a few days). Features an adjustable height from 70″ to 87″ with an adjustable support foot from 0.25″ to 11.5″ high. The 500 lb. capacity is great for large trophy bucks. 21″ Clearance from hitch pin to hoist frame allows the tailgate to be opened during use. 360 Degree Swivel Base design allows game to be loaded into a pickup truck bed. Made with heavy-duty steel construction with a smooth black paint finish.
Poker: The Official pastime of hunting camps:
Bring a little casino style to your home with this set of Trademark Poker dice-striped chips. Each chip is produced from a composite resin, with an insert that gives it the weight and feel of a heavy, casino-quality poker chip. Players will also enjoy the chips’ clever detailing, with alternating die faces and stripes around the edges. And thanks to the heavy-duty, lightweight aluminum case–which includes a black velour interior–you can easily keep your chips protected and organized. The set includes two decks of cards, a professional dealer button, two blind buttons, and 500 casino-sized chips in the following colors: 150 white, 200 red, 100 green, and 50 black. Each chip measures 39mm in diameter and weighs 11.5 grams.
Texas Holdem is taking over standard poker as the most played, but you need a table to do it correctly:
Get some copies of this book for the young hunters, and make them put away their electronic devices:
The Deer Hunting Book is a wonderful collection of deer hunting short stories for boys and girls interested in the outdoors. The book captures the excitement of hunting whitetails through a variety of adventurous and humorous stories about young hunters. Ages 9 & up.
This is no cooking bowl, it is your gathering bowl where everyone puts in their mobile phone when entering the camp!
Hand-painted black bear scenes and scalloped edges make the terracotta ceramic Black Bear Forest Serving Bowl a welcoming touch in your kitchen. Dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Measures 10 3/4″ Dia. x 4″H.
A great gift for all the hunters, get them a copy of this wilderness survival guide:
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability–cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages–this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you’ll also discover detailed information on:
Not everyone can handle a “camp bed”. Have a few of these ultra-comfortable air beds:
One of the coolest devices for keeping a camp clean, which you can have for years, the collapsible trash can:
Make cooking for a group easy by making several crock pot dishes:
Nothing better than a boot warmer for cold weather, outdoor activities. You will wonder how you ever went without:
The Advantage PEET powers air through the Air Chambers and DryPorts with a fan, to dry gear faster than our traditional natural convection models. The Advantage PEET dries most footwear in 1-4 hours, depending on the saturation of the item. The large, sturdy base can easily handle 2 pairs of heavy ski boots or skates and easily plugs into any standard 110-120 volt U.S. household currents. You can see a lot more versions of this boot dryer on their website at Peet Dryer.
This air clear / diffuser fits in with a hunting camp:
Turn off the TV and break out the vinyl, which is making a huge comeback (Google it):
These super long distance 2 way radios make hunting communication so much more convenient:
Classic book on cooking game and fish, give it a read before heading to camp to surprise the hunters:
Afield throws open the doors of field dressing for novice and experienced hunters alike, supplying the know-how for the next logical step in the local, sustainable food movement. Stemming from a commitment to locally grown vegetables and nose-to-tail cooking, Griffiths is an expert guide on this tour of tradition and taste, offering a combination of hunting lessons, butchery methods, recipes, including how to scale, clean, stuff, fillet, skin, braise, fry and more. Fellow hunting enthusiast and food photographer Jody Horton takes you into the field, follows Griffiths step-by-step along the way and then provides you with exquisite plate photograph of the finished feasts. Filled with descriptive stories and photographs, Afield takes the reader along for the hunt, from duck and dove to deer and wild hog.