To Have and to Hunt: Husband & Wife Hunting Teams

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Published on: Sep. 2, 1998

Last revision: Nov. 2, 2010

After a week of hunting and getting less and less sleep, I get pretty crabby," says Kathy, "so it's not always . . . "

"Happy-go-lucky," Carl says with a grin.

"No, and there have been times when he got my buck."

The Huskeys take their hunting seriously. They go to hunting seminars and study hunting magazines. They've experimented for several years with scents to attract bucks to their hunting areas. Carl and Kathy usually hunt on a 200-acre tract homesteaded five generations ago in Miller County near Tuscumbia. They have tree stands set at opposite corners of the property and communicate with walkie-talkies.

Growing in their marital relationship and in their hunting interests, Kathy has taken on the challenge of learning to bowhunt while Carl is training their three beagle puppies for rabbit hunting.

Now that Kathy and Carl are primary hunting partners, whatever became of Carl's old partner?

"He keeps trying to get all three of us to hunt together," Carl says.

But after all, in marriage, and maybe even in hunting-three's a crowd.

"We hunt together because it's something we mutually enjoy doing," explains Rich.

 "I think a love for the outdoors attracted us to each other in the first place," Sara adds.

Their honeymoon at Bennett Spring reflected common outdoor interests. The couple also has a game room upstairs in their home, perhaps not unlike the one in your home-ping pong table and the like. However "game" has a double meaning here, for the room sports whitetail antlers, turkey tails, compound bows and fishing rods.

Rich is an experienced hunter but Sara initially was not. She went with her father on a few hunting trips during her childhood. But when Rich introduced her to sport shooting, Sara was interested.

On one of their first hunts together, Rich heard a shot just after daylight and was pretty sure it was from Sara's rifle. He got out of his tree stand and headed to where he could see her. She was pointing to the hillside and mouthing the words, "I got my deer."

Rich recalls, "I looked where she was pointing and saw a deer standing there. I thought to myself, 'No you didn't, you missed it.'"

While Sara kept pointing, Rich finally aimed at the deer and shot. When they both met at the site there were two deer to tag. She'd gotten her deer after all, and he got his in the same place.

Sara drives a red ATV and Rich

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