HUNTING POUCHES AND LEATHER GOODS
Up through the middle of the nineteenth century and in some cases beyond, every man who owned a gun owned a hunting pouch. These bags were known by various names; shooting bags, hunting pouches, rifle pouches. On the frontier they were often called possible bags, for it was the contents of this leather pouch, along with a good rifle, that made survival possible. The hunting pouch was the constant companion of the frontiersman, longhunter, and even the farmer. This pouch, regardless of size or name, carried everything needed to load and fire a rifle or musket. A good rifle, a full horn of powder and a leather bag were all that often stood between a man and the wilderness. With these few posessions a man could feed and defend his family, and in many cases, earn a living.
Such hunting bags held round ball and patching for the rifle, a small horn of priming powder, possibly a knife for cutting patches and flints or percusion caps, depending on the gun. A flint, steel striker and char cloth for lighting fires and a mold for making round ball, and anything else that may be deemed necessary to keep a man alive might also be found in the pouch.
The hunting pouches found in these pages are patterned after, but not copied from, original pouches of the eighteenth and nineteeth century. They range from the small pouches of the Native Americans, to the larger pouches of the Longhunters. Each pouch is designed to serve the wearer as the original did, to carry what ever you deem necessary to fire your weapon and hold what you need.
ANY OF THE POUCHES THAT YOU SEE CAN BE DUPLICATED. AS EACH POUCH IS HAND MADE IT IS TRULY ONE OF A KIND. THE COLOR OF THE LEATHER MAY VARY AS TO WHAT I HAVE ON HAND OR CAN GET BUT THE STYLE AND FEATURES WOULD BE THE SAME OR MADE TO FIT YOUR NEEDS. (COLOR OF LEATHER MAY VARY)
BEAVER TAIL HUNTING POUCH
- This bag is made of moose hide trimed with deer. It measures 8 1/2" x 8" x 1 1/2". The bag has two large interior pockets and two small pockets for spare flints or small tools. The bag is fully lined with linen. The 2" wide strap is dyed cotton sewn over jute for added strenght. The strap ends are made of cowhide with a cast brass buckle.
LARGE HUNTING BAG
DOUBLE POCKET POUCH
This fancy hunting pouch , 71/2" x 8" with a 1" gusset, is patterned after a gentelman's shooting bag. The roomy large pocket is lined with brown linen, with a small pocket for fints sewn in the back. On the front of the pouch is a smaller pocket, 5 1/2" x 4 1/2", will hold all your tools and necessities. The flap and pockets are edged with scallop-cut elk hide. The flap is secured with a fancy cast pewter button. The strap is hand sewn green herring-bone woven jute, with cow hide ends and white brass buckle
This pouch measures 8 1/2" x 9" with a 1 1/2" gusset and a second pocket on the front that measures 7 1/2" x 9", plenty of room for everything that you need. The heart is inletted with red buckskin. The strap is red herringbone jute 2 1/2" wide with cowhide strap ends fitted with a cast brass buckle. There is a small pocket in the main pouch for spare flints.
PLAIN BEAVER TAIL POUCH
This pouch is an unlined beaver tail pouch. Nothing real fancy, just a good servicable hunting pouch. The pouch is made of moose hide with a small pocket for flints or caps. The flap is edged with buckskin. The strap is 54" of jute belting 1 3/4" wide. The pouch measures 8" x 8 1/2".
D SHAPED HUNTING POUCH
D shaped hunting pouch measures 10" x 5". A smaller pouch that will hold everything for a days hunting trip or for the longhunter who travels light. This pouch is made of light brown (the picture is darker then the real color) moose hide, lined with natural linen and trimed with matching deer skin. The strap is green herring bone jute. Two small pockets are mounted on the inside for spare fints or caps.
This early style rectangular pouch measures 7" X 8". Made of black moose hide and lined with linen, this pouch will hold everything you need for a day in the woods. The strap ends (not shown in the picture) are finished in black cowhide and a single D brass buckle. The strap is made of blue herring-bone woven jute. The flap and pouch edge are edged in tan pinked cut buckskin. A buckskin loop holds the flap securely in place with an antler button. There is a small pocket sewn inside for spare fints or caps.
PLAIN HUNTING POUCH
This is a southern style no frills hunting pouch. The bag is unlined moosehide with a single small pocket for extra flints or caps. The strap is made of undyed jute webbing 54" long. This pouch would be the perfect match for a squirrle gun or a southern poor boy rifle, or as plain hunting pouch. The deep acorn style was common in southern pouches. It allows things to collect in the bottom of the bag with less fear of them falling out. The bag measures 7" X 8 1/2".