There are hundreds and hundreds of deer hunting cabins, shacks and camps hidden deep in the forests of the upper Midwest. The primary purpose of their existence is to provide shelter for the deer hunters who gather each fall in the hopes of slaying a trophy buck. But most deer hunters would admit that "the thrill of the hunt" is only a small part of why they return year after year. They gather because of the fellowship, camaradierie and the bonding of the camp.
This is the story of one such deer hunting shack in northern Wisconsin and the five deer hunters who took advantage of a "Recreational Use Permit" in 1955 to construct a deer hunting shack. That shack still stands today. This is their story, polished and honed now 59 years later so others can share in the memories and menus of Camp 52.
John Marvin Hanson was born and raised in Hayward. After retiring from a career in the insurance industry, he and his wife Kathryn recently moved from Eau Claire to their lake home near Hayward.