Tomahawk welcomes hunters to the northwoods with annual venison feed

The event is a stop for many hunters on the way to their cabins for the gun deer hunt
Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 7:32 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 3:46 PM CST
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TOMAHAWK, Wis. (WSAW) - The nine-day gun deer hunt season will begin Saturday in Wisconsin.

Hundreds of hunters spent Friday getting ready for the season with a burger at the annual Tomahawk venison feed. It’s been a tradition for 57 years.

It started at 11:30 a.m. on the west end of Main Street. It’s hosted by the Tomahawk Chamber with the help of sponsors. And feeding the hungry crowd takes some preparation.

“It’s a mixture of beef and venison, then they will do all the processing and patting for us. Then we pick up the patties a couple of days before the event so that we’re ready to roll,” said Andy Hein, a volunteer with the chamber.

But Friday wasn’t just about the food. It’s also about tradition and making sure the tradition carries to the next generation.

“This is my 42nd year hunting here in the Tomahawk area and it’s my grandson Bryan’s fourth year. And newest grandson Logan’s second year. We’re excited for a great year,” said Bryan Albrecht.

Several hunters said after their burgers, they were heading to their cabins to get ready for tomorrow.

The Chamber said in a Facebook post that they went through all 1,600 burgers in just an hour and a half.