LAND O' LAKES - With the first weekend of the gun deer hunt coming to an end, a Northwoods family was able to celebrate a big milestone in their deer camp's history.
"A lot of the deer camps over the years have disappeared, the old camps. So 75 years is quite a milestone,"said Tim Hirvela, who is part of the Kahlenberg family.
The 360 acre property in Land O' Lakes was bought in 1939 by Kurt Kahlenberg's grandfather.
"From that point, we've maintained the hunting camp originally from 1941 on," said Kahlenberg.
Those 75 years haven't always been easy.
"Because of the expense of the property and taxes, and ownership of property, it's hard to maintain a deer camp for a long long time," said Hirvela.
That has given the group of guys a long time to create many memories.
"The stories, every time a deer is taken, it's a different synopsis, it's not always easy," said Hirvela.
The stories and memories stay between the group of guys.
"It's our weekend, it's our week," said Kahlenberg.
The week has seen a lot of changes since they first started. Those changes make a big difference when the temperatures are low.
"We're fortunate enough to have a heater, years ago you sat on a stump and that was it," said Hirvela.
Even in the bitter cold mornings, those 360 acres mean a lot to the group.
"It's just a family tradition that my grandparents started and all us kids grew up and grew into it came to enjoy it, to love it, and keep it going forward," said Kahlenberg.
Going forward meant bringing even more people into the family.
"Even though the members that are in our camp and aren't immediate family, the camaraderie makes us all family," said Hirvela.