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Jim Gainor of Richland Center with a fall 2013 buck.
Jim Gainor of Richland Center with a fall 2013 buck. / Len Harris/For
Jim Gainor of Richland Center with a fall 2013 buck. / Len Harris/For


About 40 years ago a new family moved into the area. The family included six kids. The father managed an orchard in rural Gays Mills.

I first met Jim Gainor the fall they moved in. Jim was four years younger than me and already a full-fledged deer hunting nut at 13-years-old. This was apparent by the giant deer he harvested. Jim managed to tag a monster buck every year. His parents' living room looked like a sporting goods store because of all the huge buck mounts.

Fast forward 40 years. Jim and I live in Richland Center. Jim is now my mailman and still a deer hunting nut. I wait at the mailbox and talk to Jim every year after he has taken off to bow hunt to hear stories about his hunt. Jim never fails to amaze me with his bow hunting prowess.

2013 has proved to be the same as all the other years we've been friends. Jim has harvested five deer this year with the bow. Jim has gotten at least one deer every year since he was 13-years-old.

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Len Harris blogs from the "Heart" of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Len's passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos. He even dabbles in a little cooking. Read more of Lenís writing on his blog at

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