Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time can’t help but notice that I’ve discovered something more amazing than going hunting….. And that’s going hunting with one of my children. Thus far, it’s been the most rewarding outdoor experiences other than the memories I have of hunting with my father as a young boy.
I can’t explain how much the attached video means to me as a parent, and as a hunter. I know that people say it all of the time, but it is important to that child, and to the sport that has been part of human survival and culture for millennia. TAKE A CHILD HUNTING, FISHING, TRAPPING, HIKING, OR SOMETHING OUTDOORS! If that child shows an interest, then bring them along. It will require much more planning, and responsibility. However, it is the most satisfying experience in the outdoors to see the pride in a child’s face when they are successful, or the dogged determination to conquer the adversity of defeat when they lacked success.
These traditions, experiences, memories, and lessons can’t be taught “in the hypothetical.” They must be experienced, and my daughter and I are planning for many more experiences in the seasons to come.
Stepping down from my soap box now, and I hope that you enjoy the video of my daughter shooting her first whitetail with Handloaded Bullets from a 6.8 SPC II that we Carefully Selected For Her for the 2016-17 hunting season.