Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving: Family, Freedom, the Second Amendment and Hunting

Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving: Family, Freedom, the Second Amendment and Hunting

Traditionally, the Wisconsin gun deer season launches the weekend before Thanksgiving and runs through the Sunday following the national holiday. This year’s opening weekend found me on family property in north-central Wisconsin with my back to a huge oak tree and a lever-action rifle sitting across my lap. My blaze-orange coat was zipped up tight in the below-freezing temperature, but I know I had a satisfied smile on face. Thanksgiving and Wisconsin deer hunting are state traditions—a time to celebrate family and friends, and to give thanks for all that we have in this country. This tradition is founded on the ideals of self-determination and freedom. Perhaps most crucial among the freedoms we enjoy is the Second Amendment, which, in a sense, is well celebrated during this week by Wisconsinites and by millions more around this great nation. For many Wisconsin families, Thanksgiving itself starts with deer hunters getting out the door in the chilly pre-dawn and making their way to their hunting areas. They then, somehow, get back home early enough to enjoy the bird and all the trimmings with the family. After the meal, these hunters may take a quick nap on the couch while the football game plays on the television, and then its’s up and back out for the later afternoon hunt. Wisconsin is home to nearly 700,000 deer hunters , and those participating in the gun deer season are often called the “orange army.” While it is legal to use a bow during this […]

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