Collapse Show info

Johnny, 57, and his two sons Keith, 38, and Kevin, 34, have been deer hunting for years. “This is what we really enjoy: the outdoors,” Johnny explains. The first day of hunting season, the three go to a relative’s land in Ashland, Mo. They all set up in different stands, at least a quarter of a mile apart. “We try to be safe, to not shoot each other,” Johnny says.

Keith is the only one with luck on the first day, getting a yearling after a three-hour wait. Later, at his home, they all process the deer with Keith’s special meat-cutting equipment. Johnny’s grandsons join in. Gavin, 7, the youngest, “is a character,” according to his grandpa. “He’s probably my favorite. He’s very active, like a little monkey.”

The family saves the meat and eats it over the course of the following weeks.

Ashland, Missouri. 2011.

To read more about my experience documenting this story, read this blog post.