Gene Bauer: The deer hunter

His love of deer hunting began in 1953, but since then luck has all but evaded Minnesota's Gene Bauer.

Updated: November 24, 2003, 2:59 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
"Backroads with Ron & Raven"

Gene Bauer has a deer hunting story he's willing to share. And it's a classic.

On second thought, maybe not so classic, but it's certainly exemplary.

Bauer's son Chip said his father's 50-year history of deer hunting in Minnesota is more about "the love of the game." A stubborn love, indeed.

Gene Bauer's love of deer hunting began in 1953 when, at the age of 14, he tagged along with his father into the deep woods around Effie, Minn.

In those days, driving to Effie to hunt ...

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