By Nick Freimuth
Dick and Joan Baudhuin and the Baudhuin Deer Camp were selected by Deer Hunter’s Round-Up as the 2016 “Deer Camp of the Year.” Dennis Anschutz and I had the privilege of touring their deer camp and what we saw was absolutely amazing.
The Baudhuin house is like a taxidermy museum. Mountain lions, bobcats, bears, turkey, waterfowl, bison, whitetail and pelts from nearly a dozen more animals were on display. Walking in the front door was like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It is a hunter’s paradise.
You are greeted with geese and mallards suspended from the ceiling. Moving from birds in flight, the eye next gravitates to two giant mountain lions on log beams. A bobcat accompanies the big cats 10 feet in the air.
A step to the left is a pair of black bears. One mounted in attack mode from the wall, the other is a walking 250-pounder Joan shot. A giant bison stares down at you from behind. The back wall has 12 world class whitetails. I believe the Baudhuin’s have more whitetail mounts in their house (16 total) than the Whitetails Unlimited National Headquarters in Sturgeon Bay.
Every animal and every harvest has a great story. Some Dick and Joan agree on even. The 80-year-old pair self admittedly is on injured reserve. Joan had back surgery seven weeks ago. Dick is lucky to be walking after falling out of his tree stand opening day. Broken ribs and a punctured lung did not keep Dick from sharing his passion for whitetails and hunting, however.
The Baudhuin’s had nine family members hunting the property in 2016. They harvested eight bucks and 11 does. Harvesting does is something Dick feels is of utmost importance. The hunters all sit in the elements. No stand is completely enclosed. None have windows.
The beautiful log cabin sits aside a pristine man-made pond that once had five islands; one for each of their children. The 500 acre property features swamp, cedar, hardwoods, highland and field. The 2016 “Deer Camp of the Year” was an award that Dennis Anshutz and I were so excited to hand out! Dick and Joan Baudhuin were extremely gracious and welcoming. Their son Mike and grandson Nick Schultz welcomed us and shared tremendous stories as well.
A video of the Baudhuin Camp is featured below this story along with some incredible photos that help paint the picture of a truly impressive homestead. Congratulations to Dick and Joan Baudhuin. If you would like to nominate a deer camp for Deer Hunter’s Round-Up to honor in 2017, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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