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Starting the deer hunt off with deer burgersSubmitted: 11/22/2013
Story By Lex Gray


TOMAHAWK - Forty-eight years ago, hunters started getting together in Tomahawk for a pre-hunt venison feed. Today, they're still doing the same thing, but these days, the whole community gets involved.

"Just a bunch of local guys getting together and they wanted to say thank you to the community and to the hunters that come to the area," said Tamra Anderson, the executive director of the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce. "They roasted a deer behind the old chamber office downtown."

That was decades years ago. Today, the line for venison stretches a block each way. Community members grill up 1,600 burgers.

Donald Halverson moved to Tomahawk in 1970. He's been coming every year since, and even though he doesn't hunt anymore, he still shows up with his antler hat.

"It adds a lot to the tradition," Halverson says. "You can see that by looking at the people."

Bringing so many people together can be a big help to community organizations. St. Mary's school hopes to make $300 with their bake sale this year.

"The event is great for our school. It brings in grandparents, aunts and uncles, they all come down and they help support the school," said Shauna Bishop. " It brings in $100 to $500, and it's great for all of the community to touch base with our school with that."

Getting hunters into town also means more customers for businesses.

"If we can draw them into town, and bring them into town for this event, hopefully they'll stop at stores and buy their last-minute stuff before they head out to the deer shack," Anderson said.

This year, burgers sold out in an hour and a half.

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