The Rush of the Game

With rifle season drawing near, a Ferris student shares his hunting experiences

by Published: Nov 13, 2013

For many, this November has con­sisted mostly of wait­ing for what the hunt­ing col­lec­tive looks for­ward to most: open sea­son, this year falling on Nov. 15, which begins the 15-day period in which deer can be hunted with reg­u­lar firearms. But for those who hunt often, like Brent Vetter, a senior major­ing in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing tech­nolo­gies, Nov. 15 is just a reg­u­lar day in the woods.

Since the age of five when he shot his first firearm, Vetter has taken to the woods to hunt what­ever he could set eyes on– some­times with suc­cess, some­times not. His pas­sion for the sport was bred from child­hood onward, as Vetter described grow­ing up in a very hunt­ing– ori­ented family.

“The entire fam­ily, my dad espe­cially, was all really into hunt­ing,” Vetter said. “So it was in that envi­ron­ment that I learned to hunt, and at a very young age. I learned to han­dle firearms at a very young age, so it’s always been a part of the fam­ily,” Vetter said.

Vetter said that in his fam­ily, you keep what you hunt. Anything he catches, from deer to squir­rels to water fowl gets cleaned, butchered, and even­tu­ally eaten. The par­tic­u­larly impres­sive game are kept intact, stuffed and mounted as a reminder of a tro­phy of a suc­cess­ful day’s hunt. For Vetter, this tro­phy is a five-point buck he shot when he was sev­en­teen, the first he ever shot. He describes the day he got his first deer as the hunt­ing expe­ri­ence he’ll never forget.

“It was out on Stateland actu­ally,” Vetter said. “I had it from long range, very long range, and it dropped right there. It was a very windy day, really just rainy and mis­er­able out­side. We didn’t think we were going to see any­thing, much less get a good shot at it. So I like to brag about that.”

When it comes to bow verses rifle or small game hunt­ing, Vetter said he has no pref­er­ence, he just enjoys the hunt. He did men­tion, how­ever, that depend­ing on the game and the weapon of choice, hunt­ing can give one what he described as a rush.

“Bow hunt­ing verses rifle hunt­ing for deer really gives you a rush of adren­a­line,” Vetter said. “You have to get a lot closer to the deer; it’s an intense experience.”

The rush, he said, can also lead to dan­ger. Vetter stressed it was impor­tant for prospec­tive hunters to learn how the game works before attempt­ing to play it. Vetter advised before one picks up a fire arm, they get in con­tact with an expe­ri­enced hunter and go with them and watch them hunt for awhile. Target prac­tice, he says, it also essen­tial to learn trig­ger con­trol and breath­ing techniques.

“There’s a lot that fac­tors into hunt­ing when you’ve got an ani­mal in your sights and your adrenaline’s rush­ing, so it’s impor­tant that you know how to be safe,” Vetter said. “Safety is a big issue because there’s a lot of peo­ple who are very igno­rant about firearms. If you’re not edu­cated about these things, you can be very unsafe, and I’ve seen time and time again peo­ple ignor­ing the respon­si­bil­ity that goes along with car­ry­ing a firearm.”

Vetter said he’s itch­ing to go in the woods no mat­ter what time it is. Firearms sea­son, he said, brings with it a sense of cama­raderie when peo­ple can gather in the woods and share hunt­ing expe­ri­ences. Vetter still goes with his fam­ily quite often but regrets that because of work and foot­ball he hasn’t been able to hunt as much as he’d have liked to this past year. Vetter said it’s for the feel­ing of com­mu­nity that he goes hunt­ing, not for the thrill of track­ing down new animals.

“Although, I haven’t got­ten a bear yet,” said Vetter, jok­ingly. “I Haven’t actu­ally ever gone bear hunt­ing. So maybe that’s what I’ll look for next time I’m out in the woods.”