Great insight into a great family hunting camp that was passed on to younger generations. What was good about their camp was the fun and work everyone enjoyed equally at the camp. This was made possible by the WWll vets, mostly blue collar men who established the rules to be followed and behavior demanded. This was carried on faithfully. This would be a wonderful insight for non-hunters to dispell common ideas about hunting groups. Would that all groups were like this but most are or wish they could be. Carrying on the hunting tradition among family and friends along with admirable ethics and camaraderie is a dying part of middle-America life unfortunately. Its activities like this and the father-son bonding and teaching that made America great. No other place in the world offers quite this experience. I am close to 80 years and can appreciate this and many of the problems and pleasures detailed. A considerable amount of the book contains recipes for game as well as other camp feasts applicable to hunters and non-hunters alike. These hunters enjoyed eating and card playing almost as much as the hunting. I rated 4 stars only because perhaps some non-hunters would not be capable or able to relate to this kind of activity. But for hunters, would-be hunters and cooks, it's a 5 star book! Modern young hunters would do well to read and discover what may be missing today.
Being from Texas, the weather, terrain, and style of hunting is much different in this book than what I am used to. However, the traditions and legacy of what a good deer camp brings is something I could identify with readily. The story of the Jolly Boys is worth repeating as well as the hope that memories made together in the field will continue long after we pass. Thank you Mr. Hanson for sharing your story with us. I will bring my copy with me to the deer lease and read it again in the blind this season.
Great read, I can relate as our hunting camp is also in northwest Wisconsin and is steeped with a lot of history and tradition dating back to the 1940's and 50's. The book is written in a way that makes you feel like you are in the camp taking in all of the activities.