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Tommy's Boys: A Crew of New England Hunters Copes With Loss By Driving Deer

November 20, 2013

Marty (right) and Nathaniel Cormier wait for standers to get into position in preparation for a late-season New England deer drive.Photos by Rob Howard

"C'mon, Beagle. Get your act together and come up with a damn game plan… Time's a - wasting… Tommy would never have put up with this sitting-around-camp crap when there are deer out there to hunt."George Wise’s good-natured cajoling instantly hits its mark, somewhere deep down in Marty Cormier’s gut. Although the scolding was lighthearted, the resulting angst is palpable.As he pores over topo maps and aerial photos, Marty, aka Beagle, calculates the next move. The job of Hunt Master is tough duty any day of deer season, but it’s Herculean when you’re tasked with casting 15 to 20 hunters across hundreds of acres of generally featureless public land. It’s all the more confounding when it’s mid-December, the deer have been pushed for weeks, your crew is toting muzzleloaders, and you’re trying to live up to the reputation of the Super Beagle.

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