From left to right: Cory, Bridgette, Destinee, and Luke trim the fat on Cory's first kills of the season in the Pattisons' backyard. "For us, it's not about who gets the biggest deer or who gets the most deer," says Bridgette says, "it's, 'You know how long can this feed us for?'"
Cory, left, shows Destinee how to cut up the deer meat as her father, Luke, watches. Destinee was in charge of cutting the deer meat into small pieces that will be packaged to freeze later.
Bridgette and Luke kiss in their smoking room. Luke stores all of his hunting, fishing, and trapping equipment in the room where he and Bridgette smoke cigarettes.
Cory, right, and his brother-in-law, Spencer Chapman, carry a deer to his truck after gutting it. Most of the time they and the Pattisons' hunt on their grandparents' property.
Bridgette seals bags of deer meat while Destinee pulls the teeth off a deer skull she found in the woods earlier that day. "She likes everything," Bridgette says. "Hunting, fishing. She's very much a little girl and a little boy."
Luke whacks his son, Layne, with a balloon while Bridgette holds him upside before his eighth birthday party. Layne is autistic and will not be mentally prepared to hunt until he's about 15 years old, Bridgette says, "but he's taking to it already."
Ronnie Bauer, 6, and Destinee watch as Layne blows out his birthday candle. Destinee and Layne "fight like cats and dogs at home," Bridgette says, "but when we're not around, she watches him like a hawk."
Layne jumps onto the couch after covering a napping Luke with a blanket on the couch across the room. Luke often travels for work, leaving Bridgette to take care of the two rambunctious kids.
Bridgette gives Layne a kiss at the end of the day. "I have two healthy kids. I wake up every day. We have paychecks coming in. There's food on the table, everybody's happy, nobody's sick, nobody's unhealthy, nobody's hurt," Bridgette says. "We're happy with how we are."