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Cold climes breed tough people, arming them with endurance and fortitude to make their own warmth against long winters. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, remotely nestled in the north, is home to such folk, hunters who have harvested life from the land for a century and a half. Elsewhere, many have come to consider the practice of hunting obsolete, objectionable, or even a luxury. Yet for Yoopers - a colloquial name for locals from the U.P., shortened from Upper Peninsula -  time spent in pursuit of wild game remains an essential part of life. Gleaning meat from the landscape has provided for generations, fueled a love for nature, and strengthened camaraderie within communities. These connections with each other and the environment have kept hunting a vital part of life in the U.P., fostering a culture which prides itself on rising before the sun, braving frigid temperatures, and tracking for days. (Ongoing.)