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Passing on a Family Tradition

Vetter
Grandpa Bill Vetter, posing with several of the outstanding bucks he's arrowed over the years, is passing down his love of hunting to a younger generation.
By Robin Cochran

-- I would like to tell you a story of the person I consider to be the world's greatest dad, grandpa and hunter. Bill Vetter Sr. began hunting when he was 25 years old. It all started when he joined the Charlestown Archery Club. He was a natural with the bow.

He was known all around for winning both indoors and outdoors in local and state competitions. He began deer hunting to provide for his family and fell in love with it. Though it took him a few years to get it all figured out: the best time of day, what weather was best, what camo worked in our area. But once he got his routine down - watch out. It was never a matter of whether he got a deer, but how big the buck was that year.

Bill Vetter won Indiana's Bow Hunter of the Year from the Indiana Field Archery Association six different times: 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. He has harvested approximately 50 bucks. This includes five 10-pointers, one 12-pointer and one 14-pointer. It is always amazing to see how easy it is for him to come home with a big one.

Even today, at age 66, he still bowhunts and still gets the big one. He also hunts with a muzzleloader, and he has mastered that, too.

The only difference, now that he has passed on his love and tradition of deer hunting with a bow, is that he has a little competition on the home front. His two sons - Bill Vetter Jr. and Bob Vetter - are both deer hunters and pretty good ones, too. Bill Sr. passed it all on to his grandkids, too. It seems these days most of the young people just want to watch TV and play video games. Not in our family, at least not during hunting season.

The current generation of hunters includes a teenage granddaughter who has Vetter magic in her blood. She has hunted for three years and has gotten two bucks. Last year she took a 12-point buck. I don't know who was happier, Grandpa or her.

Bill has six grandkids who hunt and one who can't wait until she is old enough. Just to see the pride in his face when his grandkids show their love for hunting and their thirst for his knowledge is priceless.

Robin Cochran
Otisco, Indiana

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