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Oct 6, 2011 10:06 AM

Stocking a Hunting Cabin

So my bachelor uncle (for whom I gladly fulfill a daughterly role) is going hunting for the first time in about 40 years with a group of hunters from his bowling league. He is in charge of stocking the cabin with provisions, and I believe is too shy to ask them what to bring, so it got delegated to me. They'll be gone a week, and they're a group of four guys, ages 50-68.

There is no electricity. There is an outhouse. Someone is bringing a grill, a campstove, a cooler.

Here's my list so far.

Hard cheeses (parmesan, romano)

Pepperoni Sticks




Canned Fruits

Potatoes, Onions, Garlic

Olive Oil


Condiments (Worcestershire, Salt, Pepper, Mustards)

Flour (for pancakes)

Dried Beef (for SOS)

Non-phosphate dish soap

Canned Beans
Good whiskey
Good wine

Okay, I need help.

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  1. Beer!! I hear that some men like to drink beer.

    1. Since there is a cooler involved I would add bacon and eggs to the list (even for the first night and for pancakes the next day). Speaking of pancakes, I think a mix would be be best. Perhaps some butter, too, for cooking and to spread on the bread (or toast). Don't forget ingredients for pasta sauce (or jarred spaghetti sauce would probably be more appropriate in this situation).

      Sugar, coffee and tea. Milk if the cooler remains cold enough. Perhaps juice crystals?

      More meat such as steaks, burgers (and condiments and buns) or sausages to utilize the grill and campstove.

      My husband is a hunter and he also enjoys his granola bars as a snack.

      1. Uuummm, no offense, but that sounds a little elegant and light for a bunch of guys in a cabin with no services, a grill, and a camp stove. If there is no running water, then you have to take that into account (maybe there's a sink, but no potty?). Where are they getting pasta water? The guys in my family would want meat (steaks, burgers, sausage), maybe potatoes depending on the cooking setup, bacon and eggs, butter, bread, packaged cookies, maybe some fruit like apples, coffee. If they are really hunting, not just hanging out, they will probably not want to spend a lot of time cooking. And the more smells you give off, the further you have to go away from camp to hunt. If they are really just hanging out, then more booze and maybe fancier food.

        1. Oh, and probably something like pre-sliced ham, for sandwiches.

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          1. re: arashall

            Deli meats are a good call. They are going to want to take packed lunches if they are going to be sitting in a tree stand for some hours. We also like to keep a variety of pickles: stuffed peppers in oil, spicy okra, roasted eggplant, to add some variety.

            I'd stay away from bacon or anything too pungent to avoid stinking of food.

          2. Don't forget items such as aluminum foil, cling wrap and so on. And lots and lots of water!