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A family that hunts together, stays together

Around 2,000 deer tags were given to residents in the Dickinson area this season and one family received four of those tags. The Shock family drew four tags--all four being antlerless. "I think it was about three years ago when we drew (tags) all...

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Around 2,000 deer tags were given to residents in the Dickinson area this season and one family received four of those tags.

The Shock family drew four tags-all four being antlerless.

"I think it was about three years ago when we drew (tags) all together," Brian Shock said.

The Shocks own Rudy's Lock and Key, which has been operating in Dickinson for over 30 years.

Their children have been known to help out from time to time in the store but now that Colin and Kali are older and going on their own paths, it's important for Michelle and Brian to still have fun together.

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"We always say we work hard, and we play hard," Michelle said. "We have fun. We work hard when we are together working in the business, and when we go do something like a family outing we have fun."

Brian said it's an interesting dynamic hunting together because the whole family is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to locks and keys.

"It's a different twist," he said. "When we work together, we have an idea of what's going on but when we're hunting, there's things that Michelle hasn't seen because I've hunted longer and more often than she has. So she's seeing new things and the same with Kali."

Michelle grew up with hunting in her family and said that she's excited to be back out in the fields this season, after recently healing from surgery.

The family plans to hunt both private and public lands in the area and with PLOTS land being open for all types of open seasons, being cautious and aware is key.

"You just watch and see what's going on around you," said Brian, who is a volunteer hunter safety instructor in his spare time. "You pay attention. There's plenty of space for everybody."

"If there are hunters in the area that we are looking at hunting, we just leave the area," Michelle added. "We don't encroach on them."

If the Shocks get lucky this season and bring home all four deer with their tags, Michelle said she knows what they will do with it.

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"We keep the meat," she said. "I grew up with hunting in my family. We have deer steak. We make jerky, deer sausage. We use all the meat."

While the goal of hunting might be to bring home a kill, Brian said it's just about being outdoors.

"It's just the fact that we get to go out and experience North Dakota nature," he said. "I think it's fantastic when I get to see the look on their faces when they see deer tracks, when they see elk tracks, when they see pheasant tracks or they see the beds where the deer have laid down or rest for the morning or the evening or the afternoon. It's just fantastic."

The Shocks have until Nov. 20, when gun season closes in North Dakota to find their deer. If not, they can enroll in the lottery again in May of 2017.

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