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For teens, hunting can be a right of passage and a way to bond with family members. Allison Albrecht, 13, speaks with two teen hunters from Central Indiana.
WFYI (90.1 FM) Indianapolis, August 21, 2012 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
For many youth, hunting is a part of growing up. In Indiana, an estimated 50,000 hunters are aged 6-15.
Dillon Paul, a junior at Cathedral High School, has hunted since he was 8. He completed the hunter education course required by Indiana, and has his hunting license. Dillon said he and his dad both have busy schedules. But when they go deer hunting on the family property in Brown County, they get to spend quality time.
DILLON: On the way there, my dad and I always sing a song. It’s the same song we created when I was little, and it’s the lamest song but it’s really fun. When we get there, I always have to climb up first and pull up the guns one by one. Then my dad comes up, same routine every time.
Dillon says he and his dad have long conversations while sitting in the tree-stand, waiting for deer. For Bekie Stergar (BECK-ee STIR-gar), a senior at Lebanon (LEB-uh-nen) High Sch...
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This summer you might have taken your family to Lake Michigan, or for a camping trip in Brown County. For some families hunting is another fun way to spend time together outside. Thirteen-year-old Y-Press reporter, Allison Albrecht (ALL-brekt), spoke with two teen hunters.OUTRO:
Carmela Verderame, 12, contributed to this report. Y-Press is an Indianapolis-based youth-media organization focused on reporting young peoples' perspectives. To learn more, and listen to more stories about youth and guns, visit www.ypress.org.
Carmela Verderame, 12, contributed to this story. Editorial oversight by Andrea Muraskin and Lynn Sygiel, with help from Madelyn Morgan. This report was produced in collaboration with Marianne Holland at WFYI (90.1 FM) Indianapolis.