In the winter the early Ojibwe moved to secluded camps because food and game was scarce. Men hunted game and older women wove fish nets. The women watched the children play in the snow, they cooked all the meals, and the made jackets, leggings, and moccasins. They also sent the children to go to the storyteller's wigwam so the storyteller would tell them stories.
In the winter the Ojibwe ate wild rice, maple sugar, and dried fish. The men and boys hunted when the weather was okay to hunt in. The best hunters hunted, sometimes for days, to get animals such as moose, elk, and deer. The older men and the childeren trapped smaller animals.