What does the opening of deer season mean to your family?

Saturday is opening day of Minnesota’s firearm season on white-tailed deer. According to the Department of Natural Resources, about half a million hunters participate in the hunt each year. What does the opening of deer season mean to your family?

Comment texted to MPR:

What hunting means to my family? Dad is gone for two days to be alone and think about life. I don’t care for deer as food. If I shoot one, it’ll be donated. Hope I don’t though! I have a hard time de-boning a chicken! -Don, St. Paul, MN