10 Ways to Ruin a Dang Good Deer Camp

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Don’t Do These Things. Don’t. Just Don’t.

Deer camp.

It’s something all deer hunters look forward to each season. The thrill of spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. The camaraderie, food and fun that make deer camp what it is. The anticipation of the hunt to come. All of these things and more all make for a dang good deer camp.

But there are most certainly ways to taint a good thing. Just ask the guys and gals across the country who have horror stories of deer camps gone crazy each year. Sure, those are the exception and not the rule. But trust me. It’s not all roses out there. Crap happens. And bad deer camps happen with it.

Here are 10 ways to ruin the best deer camp you’ve ever seen.

Bringing Bad and Gaseous Food

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1 | Bringing Bad and Gaseous Food

Alright. Some might argue it ain’t deer camp food if it ISN’T gastrointestinally repulsive. I disagree. I like to keep my nose hairs.

Seriously, though. Don’t be the guy (or gal) who brings the cabbage and beans to the one-room cabin in deer camp. Just don’t do it. Baked beans have a place. The deer camp where three guys are sharing one tent ain’t it.

So, leave the beans at home. When you do, everybody wins.

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Making Others Wait on You

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2 | Making Others Wait on You

No one likes to wait on others. Sitting on the porch and watching the sun come up as one guy is trying to find his grunt call. Sitting in the pitch-black dark for an hour after legal light ends because the fella that’s coming to pick you up is chatting it up back at camp. Walking around with a gurgling belly because the dude scheduled to cook dinner today is taking a two-hour dookie. Nobody’s got time for that crap.

So, if you want to ruin a good deer camp, make everyone (or at least someone) wait on you every chance you get. That’ll get the crew good and riled up.

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Bringing Un-Cleared Guests

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3 | Bringing Un-Cleared Guests

This one is a bit sticky. Personally, I think we should take a new hunter any chance we get. But this isn’t that. No, this is when you bring an established hunter to deer camp when the camp has specific rules on who can come to said camp during that allotted time.

For example, some deer camps are family only on opening weekend. Or, maybe a specific group of people always get together and hunt the same two or three days of the season. In those scenarios, you might upset the gang if you bring an un-cleared newcomer into the fold without everyone’s prior knowledge or permission.

Why is this so? Well, some people tend to be a bit territorial when it comes to deer camp. Which brings us to our next point.

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Vying for Dominance

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4 | Vying for Dominance

The camp boss. It might be the old guy. Might be the fellow with the most experience. Could even be the punk with the most testosterone. Every camp is different. But every camp has one.

Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean others can’t share in the decision-making process. It doesn’t mean the camp boss dictates everything, either. But when the decision making gets tough, the camp boss generally calls the shots, among other things.

This isn’t limited to the camp boss (or those who aspire to be). It applies to everyone in camp.

Nobody likes it when two bull-headed bozos start jockeying for dominance. Leave all of the posturing to the rutted-up bucks you’re hunting. Leave the drama at home. We’re here to have a good time. Settle disputes and disagreements peacefully and wisely.

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Pulling Too Many Pranks

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5 | Pulling Too Many Pranks

Okay. I love a good prank. I’m a little kid at heart. That’s just who I am.

Are you that guy, too? If so, one prank is funny. Two pranks is hilarious. But three pranks? Three pranks is war. Straight up. If you can’t pull the plug on your prank-fest, be ready to fight when the third strike hits. Because you’re out if you don’t man up and defend yourself.

I know. The temptation is real:

Planting a life like deer decoy on the edge of gun range.

Hanging a shoulder mount on the back side of a tree near a stand so only the head shows.

Walking in front of their trail camera with a bigfoot costume on.

Photoshoping a booner onto a trail cam photo (and putting the SD card back in their camera) so they spend a day (or two) hunting a ghost.

A whoopee cushion under a treestand seat.

Doe pee in the coffee mug.

Rubber snakes (or the main character from Scream) in a sleeping bag.

I could go on all day.

So, remember, even the best of things (even water) can be bad for you if given too much. Moderation is key.

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Forgetting Camp Rules and Ethics

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6 | Forgetting Camp Rules and Ethics

Most deer camps have a set of rules and ethics to follow. If you’re smart, you’ll follow them. If you’re not, you won’t. That’s all I’ve got to say.

Follow the rules.

Remember the ethics.

And have a good deer camp.

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Being Lazy and Reaping All of the Rewards

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7 | Being Lazy and Reaping All of the Rewards

Laziness is a terrible thing. And those who exhibit it, quickly lose the respect of everyone around them. Respect is earned. And if you want the respect of those in camp with you, best get to gettin’. Pull your weight around deer camp.

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Constantly Complaining About Things

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8 | Constantly Complaining About Things

The person who doesn’t quit complaining is also the one who promptly gets pushed aside in deer camp. It’s not cute or funny to whine when things don’t go your way. Be a half-glass-full type of person. If not, someone might come pour the rest of your drink out . . . on your head.

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Always Hunting the Biggest Bucks

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9 | Always Hunting the Biggest Bucks

This is another common problem. Always hunting the best stand. Always going after the biggest deer. These are both problems you don’t want to have in your deer camp. Be thoughtful of everyone in camp with you. And if you killed the biggest buck last year, let someone else hunt the best stand or go after that big Pope & Young buck y’all have been catching on camera this time around.

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Failing to Consider Safety

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10 | Failing to Consider Safety

Safety is key when it comes to deer hunting, or any type of hunting for that matter. Keep treestand safety, firearm safety and all other forms of safety awareness at the forefront when hunting. Don’t think it can’t or won’t happen to you. An accident can happen when you least expect it. In fact, that’s when it’s most likely to happen. Stay aware. Stay vigilant. Stay safe.

Because when someone gets hurt, that dang sure ruins deer camp.

Don’t ruin deer camp.

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