A Century of Deer Camp Stories

DOOR COUNTY, Wisc (WBAY) Like the rest of the 600,000 deer hunters in Wisconsin, a Door County man gets excited when the calendar reaches November.

He's turned a passion for hunting into a hundred years of stories worth sharing.

Hans Feld fell in love with deer hunting during high school in 1951.

"I have memories back from the very first day," says Feld, who lives outside Sturgeon Bay.

And he credits his aunt for keeping those memories alive.

"And she said now you're going to keep a journal of all of your years of hunting, and well I didn't want to, but she insisted, and that's where the books came from," says Feld.

Until the mid-2000's, Feld's hunting memoirs sat in a binder at his hunting camp in the U-P.

"Well the third generation would get up to camp, that would be the first thing they would grab is that 3-ring binder and they said Uncle Hans you should put this into a book," recalls Feld.

In 2009, Feld penned "My Compass Points North," but it wasn't long before he was writing again.

"Well you forgot this story, and you forgot that story and you forgot this story and my daughter-in-law came and said there's no recipe in there, you got to have to some recipes in there, so that's how the second book came about," says Feld.

After last deer season, at the age of 83, Hans released his third book, "That's The Way It Yoosta Was," which includes a chapter on the Klaubauf hunting camp in Door County.

"You really captured the essence in our story," says Mark Klaubauf as he greets Feld.

In his books, which cover deer camps from Northern Wisconsin to the U-P dating back to 1908, Feld says his goal is to take the reader back in time.

"I try to convey the real feeling, the real in-depth feeling and things that I learned, things I should have known and didn't know and that's really what, I would like to say you are there," says Feld.

In just a few weeks, Feld will be up north, in the woods, working on book number four.

"And I will have my notebook with me in my deer stand and I hope no deer bother me while I'm writing," says Feld with a chuckle.

After 65 years of hunting, Feld still loves November.

"Well I catch myself going up to a tree and rubbing my head and scratching the ground a little bit and peeing in it, that's what it does, it's like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning," says Feld with a big smile.