Deer Hunt Widows and Horny Twenty-Something Boys

Thursday, October 14, 2010

1987- U2 dropped The Joshua Tree on the world. Huey Lewis & The News were still popular. Document, my all time favorite R.E.M. album was released1. I was in the early days of fatherhood and I learned of an interesting, if troubling, social phenomena.


In 1987, I was unable to get off work to participate in the yearly event that is known as "The Deer Hunt"2, in which men load up their trucks with beer and ammunition, set up camp in the autumn woods and sometimes, shoot a deer. In the inter-mountain region of the US of A, as it is many parts of the country, it is an actual holiday3.


Sadly, I had to work on this deer hunt weekend, so I was left back at the lab with all my fellow single cool hipster dudes. Who were these guys? In those days, your typical twenty-something hipster drove a BMW (M3) and wore polo shirts with a popped collar with Levi 501's. They never, ever, wore Member's Only jackets, opting for leather bomber jackets or jean jackets. Ray-bans always topped of the ensemble.

They did coke on Friday, so they could pass a drug test on Monday. They had too much money. Most of them still lived at home and all of them were forever on the make for sex.

Deer Hunt weekend was the high point of their year. On this one weekend, every year, the bars and clubs would be full of women. Said women would be dressed to the nines, with their big hair and red dresses with ridiculous shoulder pads. The horny hipster twenty-something boys? They would be on the prowl.

They called it the Doe Hunt4. Their goal was to seek out those dissatisfied wives and girlfriends and... well you know the rest. If their Monday morning stories were to be believed, there was no shortage of willing women to go home with. It was as if there was this mutual agreement between the hipster boys and the (supposed) willing women. They would have one weekend to play, then everyone would return to their assigned roles on Monday.

I had one acquaintance who took part in this weekend little differently. Ron5 would book a room in Wendover, Nevada on that weekend and take his high school sweetheart for weekend of romance. She had been married for some time and Ron remained unmarried.

I asked him about this Same Time, Next Year thing once. He didn't really say anything about why he hadn't married her, but he muttered something about reliving their senior prom night. I was left to imagine that perhaps that prom night remained the best thing the two of them had ever shared and marriage would have cheapened it for them. I guess this is the danger of peaking too early in love and in life.

2 - I was to give up hunting in 1989, not as a social statement or for any altruistic reasons. I had just grown tired of the mayhem and stress of being in the mountains with thousands of other hunters, all with loaded guns.
3 - This year, we have Friday the 15th and Monday the 18th off. I plan to be here at work. Funny how things don't change even after 23 years.
4 - I suppose this is a precursor to the whole cougar phenomena. I wonder if the current equivalent  of 1987's horny hipster twenty-something's call it a "Cougar Hunt" now?
5 - Not his real name. "Ron" has long since married and has 3 wonderful daughters. As far as I know he no longer goes to Wendover on Deer Hunt weekend.

This is blog post 95 for 2010. Only 46 more to go to meet last years output.

8 comments :

  1. The only thing that surprises me about this is that your typical "Hipster Guy" still lived at home.

    Back in the day, no self-respecting Hipster where I came from (CT) would have been caught dead living at home!

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  2. Kate,

    Agreed. This was Utah, though. There was more than a few momma's boys.

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  3. Took me back to my teen and provlers (normally a bit older though) for young meat..
    Not that our swedish form, elg-hunt weeks made it easy to get out unless you where in town. Our summerhouse where in the forest and a bright red car on the road is almost the same as a elk in the forest, right.. well, at least if drinking 40% booze i guess.. *lol*

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