What is the Hunt Camp Porch Dictionary?
The Hunt Porch Dictionary is a list of words that have unique meanings through the eyes of Jim Newman.
Anti Hunter: pronounced Sanctimonious: (sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous) defined as a derogatory adjective: 1). making a show of being morally superior to other people, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pious, pietistic, moralizing, preachy, smug, superior, and hypocritical.
Bootjack: homemade tilted wooden board with a notch used for removing boots. After a hunt my dad sat down and looked at Jack. He said throw me the boot jack. Jack tossed him a boot. Dad said now throw me the boot jack. Another boot came flying over. This went one more time before being sorted out.
Buck Fever: noun. Has nothing to do with money or body temperature, an affliction that can affect new and seasoned hunters alike. Loss of all senses caused by the excitement of seeing an animal, ie: I came out to a hunter on his watch, shaking with excitement he exclaimed “you just put a huge buck out to me. I fired 5 shots at it, but missed it.” I hadn’t heard any shots and looked down at his feet and he had levered out the shells without pulling the trigger.
Bullwinkle: slang term. Describes any bull moose. Derived from the name of a cartoon character.
Camp Day: several connotations:
“Did I tell you the story,” “Do you mind the time,” “Well let me tell ya now”: Substitute statements for I have told this story a thousand times but I am going to tell it again.
Duck Hunter: noun. The inflicting of punishment on oneself. Wait all year to hunt in the coldest, damp, sleety miserable conditions. Known to look forward to getting up in the middle of the night to go hunting.
Hot Seat: noun. A toilet seat that is hung up on a nail beside the camp stove or back door to be taken out with you to the outhouse when needed.
If it is Brown it’s Down: An enthusiastic statement made at the being of the hunt day when you have all the tags
“It’s as true as I’m sitting here,” “without a word of a lie”: Interchangeable statements used to clarify that a slight amount of what I am about to say is true.
Kenora Dinner Jacket: noun. Plaid lumberjack shirt.
Kitchen Bitch: noun. Hunt camp term refers to any hunter at the camp stuck with the cooking, dishes or kitchen duties. **** HEALTH CANADA WARNING *** Do not… I repeat Do not use this term at home when your wife is in the kitchen.
Lazy Wind: according to my Father-in-law “is a wind that is so lazy it doesn’t go around you but straight through you”.
Mackinaw Coat: noun. An unlined short coat that encourages layering, made of heavy and dense water-repellent woolen cloth, usually a red a plaid tartan pattern, doubled shouldered with five pockets. It was popular with hunters pre-hunter orange. It shrinks if washed or gets wet so you have to wear it till it dried. Origin: the Canadian frontier, logging camps and hunt camps.
Meat Magnet: noun. A lucky hunter who has game come out to them no matter what they are doing.
Money Paper: noun. When hunting/fishing/hiking and someone forgets to bring their own toilet paper, others offer to sell them some of their own. Now thusly, you got money, I got paper, i.e. money paper.
Nipigon Nylons: noun. Regular white waffle long underwear.
Northern Ontario (substitute any rural part of Canada) dinner jacket: noun. Reasonably clean Mackinaw jacket. Can be worn (despite your wife’s pleas) to all upscale social events, romantic dinners out with your wife, weddings, church, any place that calls for formal wear.
Out right liar: noun. Specific phrase used to describe any fisherman telling tales of his catch. I have been told that fishermen cannot be believed, they are just plain out right liars.
Piss quick: The Dictionary of Newfoundland English. To quote from page 380, "Piss quick". I thought it suitable for a Hunt Camp. The definition of Piss quick is a boot cut off at the ankle and used as a slipper," very handy indeed for those middle of the night trips to the outhouse.
Pumpkin Suit: noun. Hunter dressed completely in Hunter orange. At one point in my life when I was doing the dogging, I wore full orange light cotton overall.
Real Tongue’r: noun. Term used to describe a useless dog that creates anticipation and excitement for the hunters on their watch during a drive, but then aimlessly wanders through the bush barking, baying and howling and wouldn’t recognize a deer if they came across it.
Swamp Buck: noun. A mythical creature seldom seen or harvested. A sly old male deer.
Swamp Donkey: noun. A scraggly old cow moose
That dog don't hunt!: It is a sarcastic expression used to refer to something that is not likely to happen or to something that is as useless as a hound that wouldn’t hunt, eg., My grandfather would tell me to do my chores and my uncle would chortle “That dog don't hunt!”
There is a little frost on the pumpkin this morning: Sarcastic statement used in the fall to clarify “It’s damn cold.”
Timmins Tuxedo: noun. Matching denim jacket and pants.
Vegetarian: noun. Word used to describe an unsuccessful hunter, derived from an old Ojibwa word for lousy hunter.
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