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Hunkering down for deer camp in Wauwatosa

Posted at 10:25 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-18 06:09:41-05

Most hunters head north as gun deer season opens in Wisconsin tomorrow, but we found a crew kicking it off in Southeast Wisconsin.  

"Deer camp is all about having everyone together," said Dan Quesnell, a hunter.

The basement is usually a rec room for Quesnell's four girls and their friend, but this time of year, it's deer camp.  Family and friends stay the night at the Wauwatosa home since it's closest to the land they'll hunt in Germantown.

"We've put in a kitchenette, we've put in a urinal and a bathroom," Quesnell said.

This has been the tradition for 11 years. 

"Deer camp is about the camaraderie big time," said Joe Quesnell, another hunter.

Uncle Joe made enough venison green chili to go around.

"We've always made it a family thing it's not just a guy thing," said Joe Quesnell.

Dan's daughter Nora went on her first deer hunt last season when she was 12.  She plans to give it another shot this year.

"It's fun because you get to relax and you have the thrill of hoping to see a deer and hoping actually to shoot it," Nora said.

The guys said, it's the women of the house they thank for allowing deer camp.

"It's hard to say no and I think the thing that pulls at my heartstrings is the fact that his dad was a hunter and he passed away several years ago so there's no way I could argue with him letting him keep on with this tradition with his family," said Many Quesnell, Dan's wife.

Venison brats are on the menu Saturday for night two of deer camp.