Historical Reenactment

Medallion of Saint Hubert's Rangers. © Paul Wilburn 2014.


Several years ago I joined Saint Hubert's Rangers, an international, online brotherhood of like-minded individuals dedicated to the medieval hunt. Members portray mid-to-late medieval Western European hunters and attempt to authentically recreate the clothing, accoutrements, and hunting gear appropriate for their station. Rangers research all aspects of the daily lives of medieval hunters and continually strive to improve on the period authenticity of their hunting apparel and gear. Many members actively participate in live hunts wearing period clothing and using period weapons and hunting techniques--within the limits of modern law.

Although I am rarely able to find both the time and opportunity to hunt these days, I am still wholly fascinated by the martial aspects of the medieval chase. For more information about my obsession with this knightly sport, see Traditional Hunting. To see how the many knightly skills-at-arms are tied to hunting, see Mounted Skill at Arms.

Saint Hubert's Rangers was formed in 2006 by Paul Wilburn. Saint Hubert had strong associations with hunting in the Middle Ages. His conversion was said to have taken place while hunting a stag. His patronage included not only hunters, but also archers, furriers, foresters, and hunting dogs. Unfortunately, in 2016 the founder somewhat retired and the group ceased to accept new members.

Armoured Jousting
It has been a childhood dream of mine to compete in a historical jousting tournament. I was finally given the opportunity to break my first lance at Lysts on the Lake 2019.
Learn More About Jousting
Mounted Skills at Arms
Hunting was considered better training for war than jousting. The skill-at-arms competition is a way to demonstrate those abilities.
Learn More About the Skill at Arms
Fighting in Armour on Foot
Harnischfechten is the German term for fighting in armour on foot.
Learn More About Fighting in Armour
Traditional Hunting
For a member of the knightly class in the fifteenth century, hunting was far more than a simple hobby or pleasurable pastime--it was the very essence of life.
Learn More About Traditional Hunting
Art of Maille-Making
Making maille, or chainmail, is like crocheting. But for men. And with steel.
Learn More About Maille-making