When you’re packing to head into the wild this season, remember that these are seven of the worst foods to take with you to deer camp.
As we inch closer to time to head out with our old hunting buddies for weekends or weeks at a time in search of our game of choice, we look forward to spending the time at our deer camps almost as much. One of the things many hunters look forward to about deer camp is not only the camaraderie, but also the food.
Sometimes, however, we don’t always make the best choices when it comes to the foods we bring to deer camp. It may taste amazing in the moment, but we have to remember that we are in it for the long haul and for a specific purpose.
With that in mind, check out this list of seven of the worst foods to take with you to deer camp.
As convenient as they are in the nice little can or dry bag, beans are synonymous with gas for a reason. Beans are full of fiber, and that fiber is exactly what leads to those beans giving you gas. If you eat them early enough in the evening the effect may wear off by the next morning. But if it doesn’t, all the scent-blocker in the world won’t help you.
Black Pepper & Spices
Black pepper and spices are one of the major causes of heartburn. Deer hunting is hard enough as it is, there’s no reason to add heartburn to the list of things that you must overcome to have a successful hunt. I know that peppers and spices make your food taste much better, so if you bring them, just make sure to bring the antacids along with you.
Along with leading to heartburn, garlic also produces a smell that is very difficult to get rid of. Even if you wash your hands, brush your teeth, and spray on scent-blocker, chances are that you will still be putting off a garlic odor. Whether this odor is enough to keep deer away is still up for debate, but I personally wouldn’t risk it.
Most people don’t have to worry about this anyway because deer camps usually don’t have the facilities to store dairy products, but people still do tend to enjoy them. Milk for breakfast, cheese on a sandwich or as part of a meal. However you like your dairy, just remember that it can quite easily lead to constipation. While constipation is not the worst thing to have on a hunting trip, it can still distract you from the task at hand.
Fruit & Vegetable Skins
Fruit and vegetables are good for you in small doses. If you over-eat them, however, or eat them when they are not normally a part of your diet, it can lead to diarrhea. I will venture to say that may be one of the worst stomach issues you can have at deer camp. The skins are especially dangerous as the fibers cannot be broken down by our stomach, and this is what leads to the unfortunate situation that may be the downfall of your hunt.
When I say green vegetables, I quite literally mean the color green. Broccoli, salads, cabbage, and any other green vegetables are also quite hard on your stomach, and will almost always give you gas. They may also lead to diarrhea. When we think of foods to take to hunting camp, green vegetables are not high on most hunters’ list anyway.
White pasta seems like a good choice for deer camp. You can dress it up in many different ways and because it is stored dry, it is light to carry and easy to cook. But the major downfall of this is that it will leave you hungry just hours after you finish eating it. If you are going to go the pasta route, make sure you go whole grain.
As an added bonus, here’s a reminder to leave the carbonated drinks at home when you head to deer camp. They are in almost no way healthy for you as the amounts of carbonation, sugar, and caffeine in them can lead to all sorts of problems that can be avoided by just drinking water.
What’s your favorite food to take to deer camp and what would you add to this list of things to leave at home?
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