EAST PORT, Mich. — Education Outdoors offers a new twist to an age-old game. The Snipe Hunt game can be played with two people, two teams or special single seeker play, and incorporates both indoor/outdoor activity and good old fashion fun.
The object of Snipe is to be the first team/person to find the other team’s/person’s snipe and return it to its nest. After the players have hidden their snipe the other player will try to find it. After a period of time, if the Snipes have not been discovered, they will chirp and then their eyes will light up.
Each game comes with two snipes, named Biela and Smartin, and a Snipe nest. The packaging tells the story behind the legendary campfire animals.
“If your family enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping or if your children are in the scouts, chances are you have heard of the elusive creature of the forest, the Snipe,” said spokesperson Laura Baumgartner. “Traditionally nothing more than a campfire prank, Education Outdoors has transformed the story of the Snipe into a new family game.”
A tradition passed down through the generations, the Snipe Hunt originated as a tall tale told by parents and teens to younger children. Inexperienced campers are told about a bird or animal called the Snipe and the usually preposterous method of catching it, such as running around the woods carrying a bag or making strange noises such as banging rocks together. As children set off in search of the Snipe, their elders take in the antics and try to contain their laughter, she explained.
A twist on this fruitless quest, Snipe Hunt is an indoor or outdoor game of hide-and-seek where players try to be the first to find their opponent’s Snipe and return it to its nest. To play, the teams choose an area that will be the Snipe nest and two areas to hide their Snipes.
Each team turns their Snipe on and disappears to find the best hiding place for them. In five minutes the Snipes will begin chirping and their eyes will start flashing red so teams must hurry to get back to the nest before they giveaway the direction their Snipe is hiding. Once both Snipes are hidden, the hunt begins. The first team to return their opponents Snipe to the nest is the winner.
For more information on the game, including rules, visit www.educationoutdoors.net. Snipe Hunt retails for $24.99.
To watch a 1 minute video on how the game is played, click here.
SOURCE: Education Outdoors press release