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Schools give students time to hunt this season

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EDGAR (WAOW) -

The halls seemed busy Friday, but the woods will be busy Saturday.

"Big deer, big deer," said Jacob Rauen.

Administrators at Edgar High School said giving students the opportunity to hunt with their families is important.

"This is a big deal and this is kind of something that they do with their dad, with their grandpa, with their cousins whatever," said Dean of Students Jordan Sinz.

Although there are a few requirements, administrators said it's about balancing education and tradition.

"Our parents for the most part in our community are very supportive of education and very supportive of the things that we do here at Edgar," said Sinz.

Students can only miss class if they get approval from their parents and teachers - that means no detention. They'll also have to do all of the homework they'll miss and turn it in on their first day back.

"We've got about 15 or 20 kids that are being excused for either one day, two days, three days, whatever it may be," said Sinz.

Jacob Rauen said he has been hunting since he was little, but his parents will only allow him to head out after class.

"I go out with my family, my dad especially, he was with me when I shot my first deer, and it just kind of excites me, I still get the butterflies when you see one," said Rauen.

Rauen said it's much more than just a hunt, it's a time to bond.

"Everybody else who, normally just sits there and starts talking about the good ole' days back when deer were everywhere and back when they had them quick cars and stuff," said Rauen.

A chance for students to continue their hunting tradition and someday pass that tradition on to their own children.

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