Constructed Stone Hunting Blinds

Several types of structures have been identified which can confidently be linked to human hunting activities on the AAR. These include stone drive lanes, a funnel shaped drive, closed hunting blinds, and open ‘V’ shaped blinds. Many of these structures are directionally dependent, in that they will only work if the animals are moving in a particular direction. This feature makes it possible to determine whether it was employed during the semi-annual caribou migrations and, if so, to infer the structure’s season of use.

This is an example of a “V” shaped blind. Looking to the south, this blind is located in 34 meters of water. The outline of the component stones have been highlighted. The floating flagging tape in the center of the blind marks the location of a sediment sample collected from the interior of the blind. Photo is used courtesy of Michael Courvoisier. Additionally, many stone artifacts have been recovered from in and around this feature.

This blind sits in 31 m of water. The photo is used courtesy of Tane Casserley of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Below is a plan of the full drive line. The line consists of small rocks and boulders forming a line of about 365 m in length which follows the general contour of the landform. Large stones were placed at either end of the drive line and the Dragon Blind occupies a noticeable bulge in the line.