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Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering

July 19-21, 2024

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The Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering is a yearly event held the third weekend of July on the grounds of the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association (PRFGCA) in Columbia, Maine. The focus of the gathering is the instruction in and sharing of primitive skills, traditional archery, and bushcraft with learning being a big emphasis . 

PRFGCA is located in rural Downeast Maine which is a perfect venue for such an event.  In addition to organized activities, fishing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities are available on site.

Saturday evening there will be a pot-luck dinner, followed by a bonfire gathering with story telling and music (feel free to bring an instrument).  Telescopes will be set up for astronomy & star gazing pleasure (conditions permitting).  A timeline of specific activities and workshops will be published as the time of the event draws near.

Please avoid disappointments by reading the event information and guidelines below before you come!

Learn More About the Event

Get event updates & follow the local crew by joining the Puckerbrush group on Facebook with the direct link listed below. 

Visit the PRFGCA Puckerbrush Group Facebook page.

Watch a YouTube video about the event.

If an event brochure is available it will be linked at the bottom of this page.

If you have questions, please email Larry Balchen at

Event Information & Guidelines

Cost: General admission is $25.00 per person for the weekend with free camping included.
Day passes are $5.00 for Friday afternoon, $15.00 for Saturday, $10.00 for Sunday.
Youth 12 and under free.

Hours: The grounds will open at 12:00 Friday for campers and an evening meet and greet.
Events will be scheduled Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am -3:00 pm.
Please inquire about pre and post event set up/break down times.

Ranges: The facility will be closed for firearms use Friday through Sunday.  Please leave any firearms in your vehicle while attending.

Camping: Free primitive camping is available on site.  We have sanitary facilities, but enforce a strict carry in/carry out policy on trash.

Pets: For the safety and comfort of your pets and other participants, please leave your pets at home.

Alcohol: This is a kid/family-friendly, chem-free event.  Alcohol and all other intoxicants are forbidden.

Food: There will be a staffed kitchen selling meals, snacks, and beverages during event hours.

Fire: Fire rings will be available for use in approved areas, and firewood will be available.

Children: All children are to be supervised by an adult at all times.

Presenters: Those with a workshop or skill to share may qualify for free admission.  Please contact us for more information.

Join PRFGCA during the event, and we'll waive the initiation fee - a $35.00 savings!

Downloads for This Event

2024 Puckerbrush Brochure

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