There is something special about deer camp, no doubt. However, more and more I’ve taken on the role of solo hunter. It’s an effective approach for anyone that takes their hunting seriously and values having more control over their hunts.
Solo hunting doesn’t mean you have to rely on the likes of gas station hotdogs, fast food, while clinging to the confines of the truck cab for warmth, comfort, and eating.
When fall temperatures are mild, and even cold, the presence of fire is a worthy companion before, between, and after hunts. On most of the properties I hunt, I set up, among other things, a fire ring and cooking area. There are a few justifications for adding a source of heat and warmth.
There is no better way than establishing a fire than with Pyro Putty. It’s easy, takes up no packing space, and is dependable. Here are a few ways I’ve already utilized Pyro Putty during deer season 2021.
- Pyro Putty Winter Blend (one tin)
- Zip-lock bag of kindling
- BBQ lighter, matches, or Pyro Putty Dual Arc Lighter
- Jug of Water
- Backpack Stove
- Garden Trowel
- Small camp pot or pan
- Dry firewood (optional)
Note: All Pyro Putty Blends work well, but for the Fall and Winter months, the best solution is the Winter Blend. Winter Blue Blend is designed thinner, specifically for cold temperatures.
For the solo hunter, it’s no different.
On the places I hunt, I like to set up a small camp of sorts as a home base – and the nucleus of the camp is a fire ring. It’s a place to unwind between hunts and in the evening.
When cold weather hits, it’s good to have a heat source other than the truck heater. Making a small to medium-sized fire is the ticket even for solitary outings.
The best part about using Pyro Putty is that the process is fast and seamless, requiring no lighter fluid or laborious steps – and if conditions are wet, you’re still in the game.
Tips on how to use your Pyro Putty
A couple of tips; pack a couple of zip-locks of dry kindling for your trip.
Take it a step further and, if you can spare the space, pack wood chunks or even firewood if the weather forecast indicates rain.
A warm fire is a perfect companion for cool or cold temperatures. When it’s really cold, it’s, at a minimum, an alternative to sitting in your vehicle.
Alternatives include hovering hotdogs or sausage over it, placing foil-wrapped meals in the coals, and using a camp grate for grilling or smoking.
Additionally, you can utilize the coals by transferring them to a camp stove for cooking. This is my favorite. Pack a small garden trowel for this purpose.
It turns out that your fire, borne of a pinch of Pyro Putty, is the gift that keeps giving.
You may think this is a stretch but it’s really not. Solo hunting excursions have their advantages.
Things that come to mind might include devising a new entry or exit route for the evening sit or simply considering your next hunt location based on conditions.
What about simple reflections?
A good fire sets the tone. Things I do fireside include praying, strategizing, reading, writing, and catching up on emails. The bottom line; A flickering fire adds more to the moment than staring at your dashboard radio.
I rely on coffee, maybe more than most hunters. It’s true. I drink it before, during and after hunts. Admittedly, I sometimes use a small propane stove to boil water. However, I often utilize the very fire in front of me when I want a cup of joe.
Either by warming a kettle on a grate or setting it atop a small backpack stove, fire also affords me the un-negotiable luxury of coffee.
Yet another component of the hunt set in motion by my small stash of Pyro Putty. Enough said.
I don’t do a lot of bona fide “backcountry hunting”, still, the repetition and practice of making fires is a righteous undertaking and a good habit. After all, you never know when your fire-building skills go from luxury to survival necessity.
Packing Pyro Putty, and the necessary companion gear necessary for a quick dependable fire of any size, is a great thing to have on autopilot. At the very least, a seamless fire adds comfort and utility. At most, it might save your life.
The moral of the story? Pyro Putty is the straw that stirs the drink in my solo micro-camps. Fire is an incredible component of the hunt – and ounce for ounce, that hockey puck-sized tin of Pyro Putty adds a ton or utility to my hunting and outdoor experience. Enhance the hunt by putting it in your pack…or even your shirt pocket.