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al couple finds fun, ily time in deer hunting !ATHEY and Lynn Lovgren enjoy memories of past hunting rIFUL PELTS adorn the home of Renee Athey and Lynn Built Storage Buildings Lots of colors, sizes and styles to choose from. COMPARE OUR QUALITY! )nday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, Saturday by appointment. ) ta Storage Buildings (five miles south on Hwy. 15) Ink, SD 605-432-6889 By Kris Goehring Street When Renee Athey and Lynn Lovgren are not working together, the two are thinking about hunting togeth- er. The rural Ortonville couple consid- ers deer hunting a year-round pursuit that culminates in the annual November hunt. "We watch the wildlife from the spring through the fall," explains Lynn. The couple enjoys this year- round scouting activity. Renee acknowledges that most people take their Sunday drives in the afternoon. "Our Sunday drives are about 5:30 p.m. sunset," she remarks, "and we look for deer." Their home, just off Big Stone Lake, shows the spoils of their hunts, pelts, racks, and wildlife prints adorn their walls. Renee chuckles on how women who visit their home have commented on her "tolerance" for wildlife decorating, suggesting that she "allows" Lynn to display the items. "They don't realize that's just part of who we are," she says with a smile. Renee never hunted until meeting Lynn. The oldest of four girls and one boy, she took gun safety training when she was 10 but never used it in the field. None of the women in her family hunted, but the men were avid deer hunters. "We (my sisters and I) actually cried when they brought deer home," she recalls. "We thought they were too pretty to shoot." Lynn started hunting at the early age of 14. His father Harold intro- duced him to the sport, and they con- tinued hunting together until his dad passed away in 1996. Lynn introduced Renee to the sport in 1989. Renee considers her first year hunting the most memorable. She pre- pared for the season by shooting tar- gets, and her discipline paid off, help- ing her shoot, track, and recover a nice buck. She says her target practice these days involves shooting the many rabbits that invade their yard and the pesky squirrels that ransack their bird feeders. For Lynn, landing his first buck by bow stands out as a red-letter season. The impressive mount hangs on their living room wall. Each year in early November the couple's family gathers in the area for that intensive weekend hunt. "It's the same bunch every year," says Lynn. Several of their children, Lynn's brother-in-law Larry Koenigs, and Renee's dad joined them this year. Lynn's son Eric brought his girlfriend Kayla, a first-time hunter, and, to nobody's surprise, she brought down a ten-point buck, the product of begin- her's luck that Lynn and Renee have seen time and time again over the years. Renee believes more women are hunting these days. She cites a Pheasants Forever event a few years ago that involved as many girls as boys in a clay-pigeon shoot. "Out here it's a family event," she explains. Her father Orville Swenson of Appleton hunted with his dad, until Renee's grandfather passed away , now her dad hunts with Renee and Lynn's group. For Renee, time with family makes deer hunting extra appealing. "We get together and make a big pot of chili, We Have Trees! 00resh Cut to choose from tO 9 ft.) Check our Special Price on White Pines. Frazier Fur, Balsam White Pine Scotch Pine Colorado Spruce Roping & Wreaths Available Bags for $2, TREES Available starting Nov. 28th '5 Lawn Care & Landscaping N. Hwy. 15 Milbank, SD 3 Mon-Sat lO:OOam-6:OOpm Sun l:00-4:00pm III III A SUCCESSFUL HUNT was had by this party. Left to right are Toby Athey, Larry Koenigs, Eric Lovgren, first-time hunter Kayla Benson, and Lynn Lovgren display tlie season's bucks. Not p;ctured are Renee Athey and Orville Swenson. stand around and tell stories, and laugh. I think that's the best part for me: making memories," she reflects. "My birthday is Nov. 9 and it has always taken second fiddle to deer hunting. Our family gathers to cele- brate both events making the season more special. Lynn and Renee's family includes three sons and two daughter; Toby, Eric, Michael, Heather and Mindee and four grandchildren. Renee and Lynn both find the time spent outdoors appealing and relax- ing. Lynn describes a (surreal) experi- ence watching a buck's majestic rack approaching through the trees under his deer stand. Losing sight of the ani- mal for a moment, Lynn strained to see where the buck had gone. Soon he noticed long ripples cutting the calm waters of Big Stone Lake as the buck made its way across. He continued to watch it, growing ever smaller in the distance, as it emerged on the South Dakota side and disappeared into the brush. Renee once found the outdoors to be a bit too relaxing for effective hunting. Her family teases her that she missed what they claim was the largest buck in Big Stone County one year; she admits it was a very cold day d she was hunkered down in her deer blind, perhaps dozing comfort- ably. The duo has learned to find cor- roborators to some of their more unbelievable hunting stories. Once while bow hunting, Lynn and his friend Russ saw a moose in the area. They knew nobody would believe them so they stopped by a neighbor's house and took her out to see the moose as their witness. As the venison from last week- end's hunt is processed and packaged, the stories of this season are retold and relived. And attention shifts to next year's plan, with the hope that that one wily trophy buck will be won. "Every year you try for that big buck," Lynn explains, "and then somebody else gets it and you always hope that you're next." Quality Collision Repair FREE LOANER VEHICLE Body Work & Painting .Glass Installation Insurance Claims *Free Estimates Located one mile north of Ortonville on Hwy. 7 t to Sioux Historic Pavilion) GARY KNOLL = Call Anytime ] I {320] 839-2718 With a bounty of best wishes, we say, "thanks aplenty" to you and yours as together we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It's been a real treat for us to serve people like you! Marilyn, Deb, Dianne, Dalen, Kim, Chad, Larry We will be closed Thanksgiving Day! 7 "Because we care[" 0000-/CenBank 113 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 Member 24-hour banking 1-877-569-2265 www.cenbank.corn FDIC al couple finds fun, ily time in deer hunting !ATHEY and Lynn Lovgren enjoy memories of past hunting rIFUL PELTS adorn the home of Renee Athey and Lynn Built Storage Buildings Lots of colors, sizes and styles to choose from. COMPARE OUR QUALITY! )nday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, Saturday by appointment. ) ta Storage Buildings (five miles south on Hwy. 15) Ink, SD 605-432-6889 By Kris Goehring Street When Renee Athey and Lynn Lovgren are not working together, the two are thinking about hunting togeth- er. The rural Ortonville couple consid- ers deer hunting a year-round pursuit that culminates in the annual November hunt. "We watch the wildlife from the spring through the fall," explains Lynn. The couple enjoys this year- round scouting activity. Renee acknowledges that most people take their Sunday drives in the afternoon. "Our Sunday drives are about 5:30 p.m. sunset," she remarks, "and we look for deer." Their home, just off Big Stone Lake, shows the spoils of their hunts, pelts, racks, and wildlife prints adorn their walls. Renee chuckles on how women who visit their home have commented on her "tolerance" for wildlife decorating, suggesting that she "allows" Lynn to display the items. "They don't realize that's just part of who we are," she says with a smile. Renee never hunted until meeting Lynn. The oldest of four girls and one boy, she took gun safety training when she was 10 but never used it in the field. None of the women in her family hunted, but the men were avid deer hunters. "We (my sisters and I) actually cried when they brought deer home," she recalls. "We thought they were too pretty to shoot." Lynn started hunting at the early age of 14. His father Harold intro- duced him to the sport, and they con- tinued hunting together until his dad passed away in 1996. Lynn introduced Renee to the sport in 1989. Renee considers her first year hunting the most memorable. She pre- pared for the season by shooting tar- gets, and her discipline paid off, help- ing her shoot, track, and recover a nice buck. She says her target practice these days involves shooting the many rabbits that invade their yard and the pesky squirrels that ransack their bird feeders. For Lynn, landing his first buck by bow stands out as a red-letter season. The impressive mount hangs on their living room wall. Each year in early November the couple's family gathers in the area for that intensive weekend hunt. "It's the same bunch every year," says Lynn. Several of their children, Lynn's brother-in-law Larry Koenigs, and Renee's dad joined them this year. Lynn's son Eric brought his girlfriend Kayla, a first-time hunter, and, to nobody's surprise, she brought down a ten-point buck, the product of begin- her's luck that Lynn and Renee have seen time and time again over the years. Renee believes more women are hunting these days. She cites a Pheasants Forever event a few years ago that involved as many girls as boys in a clay-pigeon shoot. "Out here it's a family event," she explains. Her father Orville Swenson of Appleton hunted with his dad, until Renee's grandfather passed away , now her dad hunts with Renee and Lynn's group. For Renee, time with family makes deer hunting extra appealing. "We get together and make a big pot of chili, We Have Trees! 00resh Cut to choose from tO 9 ft.) Check our Special Price on White Pines. Frazier Fur, Balsam White Pine Scotch Pine Colorado Spruce Roping & Wreaths Available Bags for $2, TREES Available starting Nov. 28th '5 Lawn Care & Landscaping N. Hwy. 15 Milbank, SD 3 Mon-Sat lO:OOam-6:OOpm Sun l:00-4:00pm III III A SUCCESSFUL HUNT was had by this party. Left to right are Toby Athey, Larry Koenigs, Eric Lovgren, first-time hunter Kayla Benson, and Lynn Lovgren display tlie season's bucks. Not p;ctured are Renee Athey and Orville Swenson. stand around and tell stories, and laugh. I think that's the best part for me: making memories," she reflects. "My birthday is Nov. 9 and it has always taken second fiddle to deer hunting. Our family gathers to cele- brate both events making the season more special. Lynn and Renee's family includes three sons and two daughter; Toby, Eric, Michael, Heather and Mindee and four grandchildren. Renee and Lynn both find the time spent outdoors appealing and relax- ing. Lynn describes a (surreal) experi- ence watching a buck's majestic rack approaching through the trees under his deer stand. Losing sight of the ani- mal for a moment, Lynn strained to see where the buck had gone. Soon he noticed long ripples cutting the calm waters of Big Stone Lake as the buck made its way across. He continued to watch it, growing ever smaller in the distance, as it emerged on the South Dakota side and disappeared into the brush. Renee once found the outdoors to be a bit too relaxing for effective hunting. Her family teases her that she missed what they claim was the largest buck in Big Stone County one year; she admits it was a very cold day d she was hunkered down in her deer blind, perhaps dozing comfort- ably. The duo has learned to find cor- roborators to some of their more unbelievable hunting stories. Once while bow hunting, Lynn and his friend Russ saw a moose in the area. They knew nobody would believe them so they stopped by a neighbor's house and took her out to see the moose as their witness. As the venison from last week- end's hunt is processed and packaged, the stories of this season are retold and relived. And attention shifts to next year's plan, with the hope that that one wily trophy buck will be won. "Every year you try for that big buck," Lynn explains, "and then somebody else gets it and you always hope that you're next." Quality Collision Repair FREE LOANER VEHICLE Body Work & Painting .Glass Installation Insurance Claims *Free Estimates Located one mile north of Ortonville on Hwy. 7 t to Sioux Historic Pavilion) GARY KNOLL = Call Anytime ] I {320] 839-2718 With a bounty of best wishes, we say, "thanks aplenty" to you and yours as together we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It's been a real treat for us to serve people like you! Marilyn, Deb, Dianne, Dalen, Kim, Chad, Larry We will be closed Thanksgiving Day! 7 "Because we care[" 0000-/CenBank 113 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 Member 24-hour banking 1-877-569-2265 www.cenbank.corn FDIC