Hunting With Kids | Camaradery and Life Lessons
As much as you can love hunting, there is nothing quite like hunting with your kids. The excitement that oozes out of their every pore reminds you of some of your first hunts, a time when it just meant a little bit more to you. Whether following the tail of your bird dog anticipating a solid point, hunkering down in a duck blind calling to working birds, or pursuing a wise old bull elk or mature white-tailed buck, the enthusiasm from a young hunter experiencing these things is the greatest reward of all.
Having children who are just starting their young hunting careers has encouraged us to dust off all the old decoys and clean the shotguns, recalling fond memories of hunts with our parents. The early, cold winter morning hunts were some of the most treasured times we shared as a young family, the precious time with mom and dad in the field, something we always looked forward to. Passing the torch to our children—and doing it in the right way—is very important, especially in this day and age, with an exploding population and so much anti-hunting sentiment in the media.
Fay Ranches was founded on five core values, one being family and another, conservation. If you are a hunter, by nature, you are also a conservationist. We enjoy teaching our kids about harvesting, encouraging the “give and take” value, and instilling in them a desire to protect the precious resources that provide so generously for us.
Hunting not only provides an opportunity to turn off the cell phones and focus on each other and being in the moment, but the kids also walk away with positive life skills, everything from discipline to patience. Cell phones and computers don’t provide those opportunities or skills. The camaraderie and life lessons learned from time in the field have been a part of our American heritage forever, and hopefully, 100 years from now, the sporting torch will be shining bright because our children passed these values down to the next generation, and they to the next.
James Esperti grew up in Jackson, Wyoming, enjoying and appreciating the area’s abundant outdoor activities with friends and family.
While attending Montana State University in Bozeman, James fell in love with Montana and all its natural resources. Graduating in 1995, James met Greg Fay and soon began working with Fay Ranches, with the mission of preserving and enhancing the west’s premier ranches. In 1998, Greg and James started Fay Management to help facilitate their clients’ ranch purchases, and to assist with habitat preservation, as well as with the construction of capital improvements.
Licensed since 2004 and located in Bozeman, Montana, Branif Scott is a seasoned, successful real estate professional and is one of Fay Ranches’ top producers. Branif’s passion for the land, love for the Rocky Mountain region, and honesty and sincerity when working with and helping clients has propelled him to the top of his field as an expert in income-producing farms, high-end properties, recreational ranches, and other types of large landholdings and exclusive homes.
Born and raised in the once sleepy ski town of Whitefish, Montana, Vinny was immersed in Montana’s great outdoors from an early age, helping him to develop a great appreciation for wildlife and the land that supports it. From fly fishing for rainbows near Glacier Park, to stalking white-tailed deer in the Sweet Grass Hills, to chasing pheasants in the flatlands of Eastern Montana and sweet-talking elk with his bow in hand, he has traipsed around Montana since he was seven years old.
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