Recreation: Booze & Buckshot

One night last week an edgy quiet lay over the border between Wisconsin and Michigan in the great Upper Peninsula sector south of Lake Superior. More than 270,000 armed Wisconsin men—enough for 18 Army divisions—huddled near campfires in the cold; another army of over 320,000 from Michigan waited restlessly near by, cleaning guns, checking ammunition. Finally, half an hour before sunrise, the first shot cracked through the pines. The 1961 deer season was under way.

Some of the hunters wore the new bright yellow togs, but most sported head-to-boots outfits in traditional red—cap, jacket, shirt, trousers, even suspenders. Pinned between their...

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