Huts and skradka
In the generally accepted sense of the word, a hut is a temporary shelter for a person who is far from home. They spend the night in a hut, and sometimes live for a while.
Hunters also build a temporary shelter from bad weather at night. To do this, they serve as a typical hut. But the hunter also needs a hiding place – a shelter that protects him from the gaze of wild animals, which are primarily hunted, although you should not be discovered by the most harmless inhabitants of the forest that can raise the alarm.
A whole series of hunts involves the preliminary construction of a shelter: on black grouse, with a decoy, on geese with profiles, on black grouse with stuffed animals, on a bait. A shelter raised to a height – usually a tree – is usually not called a hut and hiding place, but it, unlike the latter, has a “floor” and not “walls and a roof.” True, the thoroughly constructed shelters on the towers have all these signs of human habitation.
The hut is usually made from improvised material, and a knife or ax is used from tools. If our grandfathers only recently knew how to build a hut without a single nail, then to build a hut without it and a wire is all the more worthless. This does not mean that you do not need to bring along any materials that will help speed up the construction process. On the contrary, it never hurts to have with you nails, and pieces of wire, and scraps of different laces. By doing so, they are replaced with flexible rods of the trap, linden bast, thin pine roots that can be found on sandy cliffs in the forest.
To tie or fasten with a nail you will have to stand the frame of the hut. If possible, the most succulent trunks of trees and shrubs of undergrowth are cut down for them: willow, buckthorn, mountain ash, hazel, elderberry. On knots with a triangle of mounted supports it will be possible to put poles, and then cover the trellised structure with some kind of forest “roofing” material. Usually recommend using spruce branches. Indeed, it is very convenient to hang spruce or pine paws on the poles, starting from the bottom. In such a hut you can not notice the rain.
On the shore very often there are no conifers. You don’t have to drag lapnik from afar: the dark green hut will stand out too much against the background of light overwintered grass if you hunt in the spring. It is much easier to cover with grass, in most cases mowed. The stems of yarrow, wormwood, horse sorrel that have survived winter will do. If you can break them by hand, then you can’t take the large-leaved sedge without a glove and knife. Fine and affordable material – reed that has survived all winter storms.
In a gable squat hut (the lower it is, the better) it is unlikely that you will be able to make good loopholes in the side walls – it is better to put it with an end to the side of the shelling sector. However, it may happen that you have to feverishly search and make at least a small hole in the most inappropriate place, if a target appears in that direction.
Sometimes they build a cone-shaped hut, which is easiest to install by linking several trees at the top, in the manner of a plague. It always turns out high, but its shape is not catchy for the eye – at least for a person. Its advantage is that the shelling sector is circular.
If you are thinking of a spacious hut, and even for two, then most likely the frame for it will have to be made rectangular. The law of “stiffness of the triangle” is no longer valid – the structure will tend to “folding”. It is necessary to reliably connect the supports with transverse ties. It is convenient to adapt the growing trees for one or even two “corners”. These will not fall, unlike thin stakes, shallowly stuck in hard or frozen ground.
Such huts are built by the hunters themselves, most often insufficiently prepared for such work. Huntsmen use prefabricated frames made of metal rods or wooden. The latter are folding. They are covered with camouflage net, burlap, fishing net, which is also covered with grass, hay, straw.
It is believed that you can not cover the hut with material that stands out on the ground. For example, spruce branches, when there are no trees growing nearby. The well-known popularizer of duck hunting V. Kaverznev did not agree with this opinion.
“Of course, the hut should not give the impression of a dark green mass. It is covered with branches, entwined with dry reeds. The thing is that you should not build a hut on the eve of the day of hunting, but you need to let it settle down so that the birds get used to it. The fact that spruce may be absent among the coastal stands almost does not play any role. It’s not harmful, of course, if the hut does not stand out against the surrounding plantings, but this is not necessary. ”
You can’t sit comfortably in a folding chair that you’ve taken with you: you have nowhere to put your head on. In such a land there should be some kind of litter, at least from spruce branches. Once the huntsmen put straw bags in the huts. You can’t say anything – it’s convenient, but the plastic bags themselves crunched so much from the slightest movement that they had to be thrown out, leaving the filling.