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Governor Walker Hunts The Northwoods, Talks PoliticsSubmitted: 11/20/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

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PRESQUE ISLE - Thousands of hunters hit the Northwoods for gun season.

That includes Governor Scott Walker.

He came North again this year for deer camp with friends.

Governor Walker made the Northwoods his hunting home again for gun season.

"I love it," Walker said.

"Just sitting out there, particularly when the sun came up this morning. When I am out each day, you're in the dark, you see the sun come up. You feel like the earth is just coming alive around you."

Walker's stop in Presque Isle was brief - hunting parts of Monday and Tuesday. He knows the nine day season is important for many people.

"It's a key part of the state's economy," Walker said.

"It's not only our heritage, but for a lot of folks in small towns across the state of Wisconsin, from one end of the state to the other, having a good harvest is important for the state's economy."

Walker hopes this year's deer hunt will be more successful by adding some new and younger hunters.

Walker hasn't seen a deer yet, but he says sometimes hunting is more than just getting a deer.

"It's the time you spend in deer camp talking to others, and having a good time," Walker said.

"Those are really the relationships. Having a good hunt, a good experience out in the field, the forest, and then coming up and continuing to have a good time with your friends and your family."

But there's no escaping Wisconsin politics, even this close to the Michigan border.

"It's simple. We want to get the economy going again," Walker said.

"Really my number one, number two, number three priority all are focused on jobs."

It all starts in January's legislative session - where Republicans have total control.

"When you talk about jobs, they're not Republican jobs, they're not Democrat jobs, they're just Wisconsin jobs," Walker insisted when asked about working with Democrats.

"To the extent that we're talking about prosperity, we're talking about job growth, a pro-growth agenda out there, I think those are the sorts of things that can bring people in both political parties together."

After hunting in Presque Isle, Walker headed to Oconto County to pick out a Christmas Tree for the Governor's conference room and then will be back in Madison Wednesday.

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