Deer Season Becoming More Family Oriented

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's a day many hunters can't wait for...

"We look forward to it every year since I've been 14," said hunter Edward Cook.

It's opening day of firearm deer season and that means blowing off work and maybe even skipping school for some. Others even travel thousands of miles hoping to bag a buck.

"It's something we've been doing my whole life," said Steve Hoffman.

Hoffman lives in California now, but makes sure to take a trip home every November to hit the woods with his dad.

"It's more about spending time with my dad and the tradition of it than shooting the deer."

That tradition has grown over the past several years. Some like it for the trophy, others for a family outing. Just ask Nicole Foster.

"Usually we get the kids and us out. The whole family gets out."

Nicole started hunting with her husband four years ago. So far she's taken home 2 11-point bucks in years past and this three pointer she found this year.

"I just looked up and he was coming right at me."

Nicole is just one of the hundreds of thousands who are hunting this season...some of those high school students.

"The first day of deer hunting season we lose multiple kids," said Webberville Superintendent Brian Friddle.

He says they don't punish the kids nor the teachers who are absent.

"We prefer they be in school but it's a part of our community and it's a family thing. A lot of students will be spending time with their parents and relatives."

Time, many say, is valuable whether you're on the job, in the classroom, or out in the field looking for this season's biggest trophy.


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