HUNTING WITH KIDS – Camaraderie and Life Lessons
As much as you can love hunting, nothing beats the feeling of hunting with your kids. The excitement that oozes out of every pore in their young bodies reminds you of some of your first hunts, when it seemed like it just meant more. Be it following the tail of your bird dog anticipating a solid point, hunkering into 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 is the reward in itself.
Having 10-year-old twin boys who are just starting their young hunting careers has forced me to dust off all the old decoys and clean the shotguns, bringing back memories of earlier hunts with my father and brother. Those early, cold November and December morning hunts were some of the most treasured times we shared as a young family. Passing the torch to my boys is very important to me, especially in this day and age with an exploding population and so much anti-hunting sentiment in the media.
The camaraderie and life lessons learned from time in the field has been a part of our American heritage forever, and hopefully 100 years from now the sporting torch will be shining bright.
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