Passing on hunting traditions

Posted: 9:54 AM, Nov 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-19 10:54:52-05

It's day two of gun-deer season and hunters said it's been a great start already.

"So far we're doing good. We have 12 deer hanging," said Craig Anhalt who has been hunting since he was just 12 years old.

He said deer hunting is a big tradition in this area adding it's been a nice couple days, and the deer are moving well. 

"We hunt pretty hard opening weekend and then see how the rest of the week goes," said Anhalt.

It isn't just about pulling the trigger for Anhalt and his group, though.

After hunting, they go back to the Bulk Tank to spend time together and make memories with friends and family.

"We got ourselves a nice shack here, so everybody gets together, drink a few beers, and figure out what we're going to do for the rest of the week. And it's even better if we get some deer," said Anhalt.

Every deer brings a new hunter's tale.

"Everybody gets together and talks about old stories and makes some new ones, tell them again next year," said Anhalt.

He said one of the best parts of this tradition is passing it all down to the children.

"Our parents taught us, and, you know, we got all the kids here so we're teaching them, you know, the same things we were taught," Anhalt added.

He said his son is six years old, and they already share this passion with each other.

"I can't wait to take him up in the stand. I mean, I take him up there now, but when he finally gets to pull the trigger, and you know, it's going to be a proud daddy moment," said Anhalt.

They're teaching the kids not just how to hunt but how to do it safely.

"It's about time to teach the next generation, you know, the proper way of hunting, and being safe, you know. That's the biggest thing. We've never had a problem," said Anhalt.

The kids are already catching on quick.

"Well, couple kids here, you know, that got their first deer this year, so it's cool. It's cool watching the kids and, you know, their excitement. And then I think we get more excited than they do, you know," said Anhalt.