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11/6/2013 11:22:00 AM
St. Germain man releases new book
Tom Stecker, St. Germain, has released his new book, “The Pincherry Group.”

Tom Stecker, St. Germain, has released his new book, “The Pincherry Group.”

Tom Stecker, St. Germain, has released his new book, “The Pincherry Group, The Story of How a Wisconsin Hunting Camp Forged a Family Legacy.”

Stecker recently completed his first book detailing the history of his family in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

The 210-page book is available in soft and hard cover and features many historical pictures. He originally set out to record a family history for his relatives, but later decided to share this information about the north with everyone who enjoys the camaraderie of hunting and fishing in a group and enjoying time spent together in the pristine outdoors. 

Tom shared some of his own stories along with those gathered through interviews with surviving members and journals kept at the family’s cabin.

Although the stories in his book provide a fascinating picture of the evolution of hunting from its earlier history in Wisconsin to today’s high-tech, highly regulated activity, it is more about how the efforts of the founders of The Pincherry Group grew into something more than merely hunting deer.

Tom’s grandfather, Ed “Pappy” Stecker, enjoyed group interaction and he developed and nurtured his six sons and some of their relatives and friends to assist him in his hunting endeavors. 

Leading them into Wisconsin’s “Big Woods” in the late 1930s to hunt deer he also promoted collegiality and friendship within the group that extended beyond those hunts. He organized parties and meetings during the off seasons to celebrate their successes and promote a communal atmosphere among the men and their wives.

The bond that developed among them endured after his passing and resulted in the purchase of a small cabin in Vilas County. This cabin, on Pincherry Lake, has become the focal point for meaningful family collaboration that reaches far beyond the hunt. This is the story of how a group of people evolved from fun-loving hunters to an extended family of committed men and women who continue to work to preserve the dreams of their fathers.

Stecker holds a Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management from UW-Stevens Point and a Master’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee. He worked as an outdoor education instructor and recreation specialist for the Milwaukee Public School system for 12 years before purchasing Lake Content Resort in St. Germain in 1982.

Now retired, he still lives on Lake Content where he regularly pursues fish and game for the dinner table ... and continues to hunt deer from the Pincherry cabin. Tom has never missed a season since 1965.

The book is available at a number of retail outlets including Book World in Minocqua and Rhinelander. 

You can also contact the author at tjstecker11@yahoo.com, www.thepincherrygroup.com, or visit The Pincherry Group on Facebook for details on how to purchase a signed copy.

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