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Memories Made With Deer Camps, Family Traditions During WI Deer Season

WDIO Sports
Updated: November 23, 2019 11:05 PM

Nearly 600,000 people will hunt in Wisconsin’s Nine-Day Firearms Deer Season. It is a hunting holiday and a time honored tradition as many across the Badger State look to make every November, and perhaps December, one to remember.

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I can't imagine this area without hunting,” says Joe Csomos of Poplar, Wisconsin.

Many will hunt as part of a pack and it’s the time with others that makes these get-aways special.

Deer camp is often part of it. It is family and (or) friends crammed into a cabin, frying good, telling tales and swapping stories, with maybe a little ribbin’ too.

The YouTube Page ‘The Everyday Outdoorsmen’ documents a deer camp experience from last year. To see the episode, click here. To visit their YouTube page, click here and click here to visit their Instagram site.

From there, hunters set out for a spot and hope for a shot at a trophy.

There are different kinds of deer camps and for Sherrie and Todd Carlson’s of Iron River, their own home would qualify. Both work for EMS and from the second you arrive on their property and enter their house, you can tell they enjoy the outdoors. Fly fishing, canoeing and hunting are activities they do together. As much as they enjoying having success in the woods, they also enjoy hearing about other people’s success. Sherrie, 54, has deer hunted about a decade.

“It (my interest) was mostly from the stories that I was hearing from Todd and his family and getting to experience their deer camp,” says Sherrie.

Due to fibromyalgia, she started with a crossbow.

My first deer was an 8-pointer and that was in 2010. Once rifle season rolled around, i was ready to try that and sure enough, shot another 8-pointer.

Todd, 54, harvested his first deer over 40 years ago.

“My first deer was an 8-pointer,” says Todd Carlson.

As for his biggest deer, double that 8-pointer.

"In 2001, during bow season, I got a 16-pointer," says Todd Carlson.

Sherrie has a 13-pointer on her resume and she’s picked up a few ‘pointers’ from Todd over the years.

“Where are the deer coming from? Where is their food source? Where are they sleeping? What is their travel route? Things like that,” says Sherrie Carlson.

"I think I created a monster (laughs) because once she got into the woods, she started to realize this was a puzzle to put together,” says Todd Carlson.

Who has more success?

“It’s 70-30 for me,” jokes Sherrie Carlson.

“That’s fair,” says Todd Carlson.

Their deer camp involves multiple generations. Between them, they have four kids and three that hunt. Three of their grandchildren are also interested in the sport.

"The happiest I've ever seen where was she went out on Thanksgiving Day two years with our grandson and he shot a button buck,” says Todd Carlson. “That deer was more important to her than any deer she ever got.” That is the draw of deer hunting. Making memories with those who matter most.

For more on the 2019 Wisconsin Firearms Deer Season, visiting the Hunting 2019 section on this website or click here.

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