WORD ON THE STREET: Deer Hunting Traditions
The Enterprise randomly asked people in downtown Park Rapids, “What are your family’s deer hunting traditions?” ”
Royce Holland, November 4, 2021 Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
“We have a deer camp, and we have hunting records going back to 1953, of who saw what and what happened,” said Royce Holland. “My house is just south of Itasca Park, and that’s where we hunted. I started hunting a bit early. We lived in Alaska; I started hunting when I was 7 years old. It is therefore a family tradition.
“I’m not mad at the deer or anything,” Holland said. “It’s more of an excuse to go out into the woods. I take my sunflower seeds and granola and feed the squirrels and tits. It’s just nice to be in the woods.
Matt Winskowski, November 4, 2021 Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
“It was mainly the side of my father’s family that hunted. I was also brought up in a family of hunters, ”said Matt winskowski. “We had a lake here since I was 2, so I was basically a summer kid, then I became a permanent resident. It has been a great hunting tradition in our family, and it continues to the next generation.
“The idea is to get the kids interested, and then that will hold up,” Holland agreed.
Joseph Diaz said: “My grandparents were Bengstons. They rode during the deer hunt. My grandfather used to come hunting with Cliff Malm and a group of them. Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, November 4, 2021
Kris Zinke said: “The family get together and make deer sausage, and everyone is arguing over how much pepper and garlic to put in.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, November 4, 2021
Fred Tomas said: “I started at the age of 16. I have been hunting with the same guy for over 60 years. It’s at a point now that I’m a little too old, so I actually go to the party and don’t hunt. But I get so many pounds of meat in my freezer from my kids and anyone who doesn’t want it. Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, November 4, 2021
Ally Holmer said: “My dad empties a deer, then I’ll hold the heart on a stick while he empties it.” Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, November 4, 2021
Peyton Sherk said: “Whenever I hunt at my grandmother’s house, she always cooks two specific hot dishes for the hunters, and that’s what we look forward to every year. One is, like, potato and beans, and the other is like goulash. Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, November 4, 2021