Marion man enjoys U.P. hunting camp

The U.P. deer hunting camp for Marion's Chris Peterson.

The U.P. deer hunting camp for Marion’s Chris Peterson.

MARION — Chris Peterson usually keeps very busy as assistant fire chief at Marion and as a United States Forest Service firefighter, which takes him to all parts of the country and to other places including more recently, for hurricane relief help in the Virgin Islands.

But the mid-Michigan resident always makes sure he has time set aside for his special deer camp during the upcoming firearm season.

He has a deer camp near Carney in Menominee County, about a five-hour drive from his Marion area residence. The camp consists of a cabin and 11 acres. He’s had it since 2007.

“I bought it,” he said. “I was born and raised in the U.P. Deer camp and going there for deer season has been in the family forever. A lot of my family is from the Menominee County area. When I came back from the west, that was my goal to find a place up there and carry on the tradition. So my wife and I bought it around Christmas of 2007. We were up there when we found it and closed on it and acquired it on Feb. 2008.”

Deer camp for Peterson started on Nov. 9.

“We have a bunch of friends who usually join me, cousins and others, who have camps within a half-hour drive,” Peterson said. “It’s a family fun time.”

He usually returns the day before Thanksgiving.

“We have year-round access so I’m usually there at other times,” Peterson said. “My wife and I spend Christmas there and in February we take the snowmobile up and go snowmobiling with my cousins, go to camp, and usually again in the spring around April or May, we’re up there for spring turkey hunt. We go up there summers depending on how fire season is and how busy it is out west. I try to go to October every year for the fall turkey hunt. This year I didn’t get to go because I was in the Virgin Islands. I try to go up there four or five times a year.

“It’s a little less population based since not many people live around there. The terrain is different.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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