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Deer hunting documentary at casino

Larry Willette film explores hunbting culture of U.P.

October 17, 2008
By Mike Dunn

HARRIS - An award-winning filmmaker from Los Angeles will be at the Island Resort & Casino Oct. 25 for the premiere of his documentary on deer hunting in the U.P.

Larry Willette, an Escanaba native and founder and president of Webfoot Entertainment, produced and directed the 65-minute film, entitled "Anatomy of a Hunter."

The documentary is "a celebration of the hunting culture in the U.P.," said Jack Willette, Larry's brother and Webfoot production manager. "It's all about why we hunt in the U.P."

The film seeks to answer what compels people to be hunters. Among other things, it reveals life in a typical hunting camp during firearm season, focusing on the camaradarie enjoyed by those brought together by their love of the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt.

Conflicts that can arise during camp are addressed as well.

Hunters explain what draws them to the woods to spend a week or two at hunting camp each November and explain the excitement they feel as the time for the hunt approaches. They relate a variety of tales and talk about "the big one that got away."

There is also a successful deer kill in the film.

In addition, the film explores hunting traditions and experiences and includes interviews with Native Americans speaking of their heritage and hunting techniques.

There is a look at the benefits and drawbacks of hunting from a blind versus tracking deer through the woods.

"People will really enjoy it," Jack Willette said. "Larry put a lot of work into it and put together the things he knows hunters will appreciate and find interesting."

Tim Kobasic and Allan Gibbs will serve as masters of ceremony for the premiere. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the showing of the film scheduled to begin at 8.

The $10 fee includes a raffle ticket featuring one of two prizes: a state-of-the-art Knight muzzleloader with an aluminum stock or a homemade cedar hunting blind.

The raffle will take place after the show. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Tickets are on sale at the casino and may be purchased by credit card at (877) ISL-SHOW or (906) 466-2941, ext. 5001.

For more information, contact the casino (800-682-6040) or visit on-line at



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