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Homeschooled Hunters

Posted at: 11/06/2012 5:14 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 10:43 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

Meet the Bourman kids: 11-year-old Miranda, 10-year-old Madisen, and 7-year-old Chas. On a typical day, they do their lessons upstairs at their house in Talmoon.

But during deer hunting season, they trade in their classroom for a very different one. Mom Tami keeps an eye on the kids progress, while dad Robert is on the lookout for that big buck.

"We homeschool, so that gives us an opportunity to to come out and do school in the deer stand," Tami said. "Get out in nature a little bit and still educate our children."

The experience combines learning with the family's love for hunting.

"It's fun to wait all year to go and sit in the deer stand," Miranda said.

"For my kids, this is probably second to Christmas. Opening morning they're up, they're happy," Robert said. "Get them up for school they're dragging their feet and whatever. But opening morning they're up and ready to go."

"You have that excitement," Madisen said. "This year I got my license. It's fun to spend time together."

With fewer young hunters in the woods these days, Robert wants his children to see what the northwoods have to offer.

"They don't have to hunt if they don't want to, but it's at least something they have the opportunity to do," Robert said.

Family bonding is an added bonus.

"We get a lot of giggles. There's games and things we don't just sit down in the house and do," Madisen said.

"I just enjoy the time with my kids," Tami said. "They grow up so fast, it's nice to have them here now."

Even if the field stays empty, you can bet the Bourmans' deer stand will be full of laughter and love.