Primitive Rendezvous Events

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March 25-27, 2016
CSLRM Mt. Man Living History Encampment
Site: Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum
Location: Arkansas City, KS
Address: Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, 31639 US Hwy 77, Arkansas City, KS 67005
Phone: (620) 442-6750

Walk back in time to 1840 and visit a Plains Trading Camp. Mountain Man and tradesmen will be displaying their crafts as well as conducting workshops in beadwork, knife making, rope making, powder horn making, bow and arrow making, flint knapping and much more. Come throw a tomahawk, purchase goods from traders and watch our Pow Wow at 2 PM on Saturday.

Hours: 10:00-5:00 Friday and Saturday
10:00-12:00 Sunday

April 8-10, 2016
Comanche Peak Muzzleloaders Spring Rendezvous
Location: Palestine, TX
Contact: Chuck Morison, “Iron Horse”
Phone: 254-392-3546

Camp Fee $10.00 – Walk-ins: $5.00. Competitions include Rifle, Pistol, Archery, Knife & Hawk, Fire Starting and other events as determined by Booshway. Period Dress required from Friday evening till Sunday noon. Vehicles allowed in camp only to load and unload gear. Loading and unloading allowed before 9:00am Saturday morning and after 12:00 noon, on Sunday. Bring water. Be prepared in case of fire ban. Usual buckskinning rules apply. Donations to blanket gladly accepted.

 April 8-10, 2016
Lower Loup Muzzleloaders 18th Annual Spring Rendezvous
Location: Dannebrog, Nebraska
Contact: Roger Grim
Phone: 308-226-2578

Shooting matches for everyone. Open sights, patched ball and tomahawk throwing. No competition shoot on Sunday. Potluck on Saturday at 12:00pm. No camping fees, no registration fees, good water, some wood.

April 8-9, 2016
Woolaroc Spring Rendezvous
Location: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Site: Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Address: 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, Bartlesville, OK
Phone: 918-336-0307 ext. 10
Woolaroc will once again host the Spring Trader’s Encampment on Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Man Camp at Woolaroc.

“Nestled near the shore of Crystal Lake, this camp is one of the most beautiful of its kind and is the perfect setting for a weekend of historical retreat.”

Hosted by Woolaroc’s Mountain Men, Wes & Roger Butcher, the camp has quickly become a favorite for traders and re-enactors from across the country. The camp will be historically accurate, recreating what a settlement of this type would have looked like in the 1840s.

The Trader’s Encampment is open to the public and guests are encouraged to park and walk through the camp. There is no additional admission required; regular admission at the gate includes the Spring Trader’s Camp. “This camp is not only unique; it also serves as a wonderful educational tool for children to visit and experience the lifestyle of earlier times.”

“They will better understand some of the hardships of life back in the days and what it took for families to survive when they truly lived off the land.”

Many of the campers will set up their tents or tipis and have period crafts for the public to view and purchase.

April 9-17, 2016
32nd Annual Hart Canyon Rendezvous
Location: East of Bakersfield, California
Booshway: Dennis Smith
Phone: 805-217-7236
See website for rules, directions and more.

April 14-17, 2016
Beavercreek Free Trapper Spring Primitive Rendezvous
Location: Sterling, OK
Contact: Frank Kuntz
Phone: 580.695.9137
Contact: Wantsmore
Phone: 405.933.0490
Ironjaw: 405.933.3181

Pre-1840 dress, but not required to shoot. Camp fee is $10.00 per lodge. Primitive and tin-tipi campsite. Wood and water available. Pre-1840 traders welcome with a $10.00 prize. If there is a fire ban, cook with propane or charcoal and fire contest will be cancelled. Rendezvous prizes will be awarded at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. BRING A WATER BUCKET. FROM THE EAST side of Sterling, OK on Hwy 17 turn North on Road #195, one mile, then turn right (east) 3/4 mile on Welsh on South (right side of road for signs.

April 14-17, 2016
Sonoma Valley Muzzleloaders 36th Annual Marie Hill Memorial Rendezvous
Location: Cloverdale, California
Contact: Glenn O’Neil
Booshway: Jeff Rush
Phone: 707-795-7761

Welcome to Sonoma Valley muzzleloaders, a small group of Men and Women who recreate the joys and challenges from the era of the Mountain Men. We hold our monthly shoots on a private ranch near Yorktown, CA. We shoot rifles, trade guns and pistols(round balls, open iron sites), throw hawk and knife, and start fire with flint and steel and now have an archery event. We hold our Rendezvous at the ranch every spring. All are welcome, spectators, participators and traders. The ranch is Marie Hill Ranch, 43700 Highway 128, Cloverdale, CA. 95425. Also known as “The Sheep Ranch”. From HWY 101 at Cloverdale, take the HWY 128 West/ Boonville exit. Follow HWY 128 for approximately 11.3 miles. The site will be on the right side of the road. This is a working sheep ranch. NO DOGS ALLOWED! This site is very pretty. It sits on the floor of a small valley that spans a seasonal stream. Weather in April can be wet, be warned. There is no guarantee of potable water on site, so please make sure you bring water for drinking and washing.

 Site Rules:

* No ground fires… Only contained, attended, and above-ground fires. Participants MUST BRING their own fire wood.

* We are restricted to the areas we have rented… Do not go into the hills or woods surrounding the site. This is where the owner has put the sheep for the duration of the event.

* Absolutely no Dogs are allowed on site.

Camping fee $25.00, shooting fees $20.00

For Pre-Registration form:


P.O. Box 75022,

Petaluma, CA 94975-0422

April 15-17, 2016
Aurora Blackpowder Club Spring Rendezvous
Location: Aurora, Texas
Contact: Beaver
Phone: 682-730-1921/817-822-3481
Contact: Peggy Keiper
Phone: 940-433-5876/570-982-8792

This is a “Fundezvous” aimed at the beginner buckskinner. We area family oriented club and would like for this to be an opportunity for those new to the sport to come and see what a rendezvous is like. Primitive dress and gear is encouraged but not mandatory. Modern tents may camp in the primitive area. Tin tee pees and generators a a place a little farther out. To compete the firearm bust be a traditional muzzleloader.

Fees: $10 to camp, $2 to compete, $5 walk-in, Donations for blanket prizes accepted and appreciated.

Bring firewood and water OR wood and fire water (if you plan to compete for the drunk stick).

April 15-17, 2016
14TH Annual Heart of America Smoothbore Championship
Location: Huntsville, Missouri
Contact: Kevin Battson
Phone: 573-301-0670

The Championship Contest, governed by NMLRA rules, will test your smoothbore skills with both ball and shot. There will be a $10 fee with primitive prizes awarded to able marksmen. The same contest may be entered with a Sighted Smoothbore, also requiring $10 fee, with cash payback to top shooters.

Pre-1840 theme and attire for primitive camp, firewood provided. Complete primitive dress is appreciated but not required, all we ask is that you make an honest attempt to help us reenact our history.

April 15-17, 2016
Pawnee Free Trappers Spring Rendezvous
Location: McCook, Nebraska
Contact: Robb Overton
Phone: 308-345-3039

Primitive dress preferred but not required. Traders welcome. Primitive & Tin Tipi camping. Wood & wash water provided. $5 camp fee for non-shooters. $15 shooting registration fee. $25 single family. Haul your own trash.

Dutch oven cook-off. Potluck supper Saturday night for registered shooters and families. Meat will be furnished. Please bring a covered dish & your own table service.