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Gov. Shumlin tries to bag a buck

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As the governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin spends a lot of time in the car. But every once and awhile, his staff gives him a day to get back to his roots. They let us tag along.   

"I can't say that being governor and hunting mix very well," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

If you were wondering, this Democratic governor does load his own rifle. After doing so, he invited us to see where he says he does some of his best work.

"You really are able to reflect on things that you need to focus on in a way that's much more peaceful," he said.

It's a Shumlin tradition started by his father, picked up by both Peter Shumlin and his brother, Jeff, in the backwoods of Putney.

If you're looking for tips: "Don't bring a camera crew, that's step one," the governor advised. "Step two, don't make a lot of noise and number three, don't move any more than you have to."

Rules I'm pretty sure we consistently broke throughout the making of this story. After finding marks made recently by a buck, we hunkered down and we waited... and waited... and waited. Maybe we were bad luck.

"It's 99 percent luck and 1 percent skill. I mean, if you can stay still, keep quiet and have a good sense about where to be, you have a good chance of getting a deer," Shumlin said.

Shumlin says it's important to keep up the tradition of hunting to manage the deer population. His focus: getting kids outdoors.

"My job as governor and as a hunter is to try to get more kids, boys and typically girls, interested in hunting so we can make sure our natural resources are protected in the future," Shumlin said.

In the end, we saw no deer or bear or any wildlife at all. Instead, we got an unusual glimpse of Vermont's governor attempting to find some peace and quiet.

Deer rifle season ends in Vermont Nov. 25.

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