photo stories: the vanishing hunter: hunter_04

Don Joy, left, 68, of East Hartland, reacts with excitement for Bob Vezina, 77, of Hartford, after he shot a deer on the first day of the season. At left is Beth Irwin, who was hunting with her father, Tim, nearby the two men. Joy and Vezina have hunted together for 40 years. {quote}I was as happy as if I had shot it myself,{quote} said Joy, who scouted out the stand for his friend Vezina. {quote}We don't really need to get a deer while we're out - if we get one it's great, but it's more just being out there and enjoying nature.{quote}

Don Joy, left, 68, of East Hartland, reacts with excitement for Bob Vezina, 77, of Hartford, after he shot a deer on the first day of the season. At left is Beth Irwin, who was hunting with her father, Tim, nearby the two men. Joy and Vezina have hunted together for 40 years. "I was as happy as if I had shot it myself," said Joy, who scouted out the stand for his friend Vezina. "We don't really need to get a deer while we're out - if we get one it's great, but it's more just being out there and enjoying nature."