• Hunting Camp 52: Tales from a North Woods Deer Camp

  • By: John Marvin Hanson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Meyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Meet the Jolly Boys - five men from northern Wisconsin who built a deer hunting shack in 1955 and established a tradition that has now lasted over six decades. Hunting Camp 52, affectionately known as Blue Heaven, is a place where every trail, rock, and ravine has its own nickname; every kill is recorded by hand on a window shade; every hunter happily croons along during evening songfests; and every rowdy poker game lasts late into the night. The outhouse is always cold, the porcupines are always a problem, and the vehicles are always getting stuck in the mud, but there’s nowhere else these men would rather be.

In Hunting Camp 52: Tales from a North Woods Deer Camp, John Marvin Hanson - the son of one of the original Jolly Boys - recounts the sidesplitting antics, the memorable hunts, and the profound camaraderie that has developed over almost 60 seasons at Blue Heaven. Hanson also includes more than 20 recipes for gourmet comfort foods prepared each year at camp, from pickled venison hearts to Norwegian meatballs to the treasured recipe for Reali Spaghetti. As the Jolly Boys age and younger generations take up the mantle of Blue Heaven, Hanson comes to appreciate that hunting camp is not about bagging a trophy buck as much as it is about spending time with the friends and family members who matter most.

©2016 John Marvin Hanson (P)2019 Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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Great hunting stories!!!!!!

Loved the fact that these are real stories, with real people. the Author wrote thus book from real-life experieces gained hunting. He uses the REAL names of the other hunters in the stories which makes it even more real. It's written great and Narrated just as well!!!!!!!

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A History and Hope for the Future of Hunting Camp

This was a marvelous story with insight into the way that it used to be to modern times. I appreciate and thank the author for sharing the story of Blue Heaven with us. I established a private hunting camp in Michigan called The Stepping Stone, where we hunt the state and national land around us in 2016. These words are encouragement and have offered me hope to keep traditions alive. Thank you, John.

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good listen

I loves it, hearing tales of past lives and events is almost nostalgic in nature.

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Great Story

The description of the cribbage game verbiage was absolutely spot on !!! Loved the book a lot.

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Amazing!!!!!

This was simply Amazing! great book and awesome narrator . Wish I could've gone there myself.

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what a great story!

the stories In this book sound so much like the stories I hear at the hunting camp I go to
it goes to show just how much more there is to hunting other than just harvesting an animal

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thoroughly enjoyed this book

I enjoyed the story and hearing about this group's amazing memories that centered around their hunting camp. Makes me wish I had a group of friends as tight as they were.

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Nostalgic

Reminds me of hunting camps in PA and everything that goes along with them. I'm glad someone took the initiative to tell a story about their camp journals and lived experiences.

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Superb

Beings back what I thought were long lost memories of deer camp in northern Michigan. I do long for those days. Thank you John Marvin Hanson.

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Very enjoyable

This was a very enjoyable listen. It brought out a lot of memories of my family’s many trips to the woods.

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memories

beings back many memories of past hunts with my dad, who passed away years ago

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