EVART — Dave Hahn has lived in rural Chippewa Lake, near Evart and has been there all his life except when he was in the military.

But when it comes to hunting, he goes to various places all over the country and all over the world.

Hahn has farmed his entire life. He sold his cows in 2001 and has been growing corn and soybeans since and also builds cabinets on the side.

Since 1975, Hahn has only missed one year of hunting out west.

“We hunt mostly southern Wyoming and western Colorado,” he said.

Hahn still goes on the hunting trip with various friends and his nephew.

“I was stationed in Colorado and Arizona when I was in the Air Force,” Hahn said. “I got to like mountains a lot. I always liked hunting. It was just a natural progression for me. I’m the one that got all the rest of them started.”

Hahn and his brothers decided they wanted to start hunting on their own and his interest, along with that of his relatives, continued to expand. His nephew shot a Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe and Hahn has the head mounted in his home.

“We’re scheduled to leave in June for Namibia (southwest Africa),” Hahn said. ”This will be my third trip. One nephew (Rob Hahn) is going with me.”

His friend, Julia Clark, will also be going with him.

He has mounts of other animals he shot in 2004 in South Africa such as a kudu.

A rifle hunter during deer season, very early in the morning, Hahn can see plenty of deer out on his property on the snow.

Hahn himself has never owned a fish license but communicates with a lot of area anglers.

“They say the fishing is not as good as it was just a few years ago,” he said. “My nephew used to fish all the time for walleye on Chippewa but doesn’t bother to go anymore.”

When it comes to hunting, Hahn likes the atmosphere of the camp.

“It’s a special group of guys that go together and we’re tried and true friends,” he said. “We know we won’t have a lot of conflicts when we’re stuck in the middle of the hunt that far from home. You’re surrounded with gorgeous scenery.”

Hahn said it would be tough to pick his favorite scenery out of all of his hunts.

“We have a lot more deer here than they have there,” Hahn said “But they’re bigger.”