Hunting, especially hunting waterfowl is a time honored tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. There are many concepts such as decoy spreads, gear, and hunting locations that have been given to continue these traditions as well as passing the torch to kids that want to be involved.
As a child I was fascinated by animals of all kinds, there were many occasions where I would pretend I were hunting with my bb gun in the back yard while shooting at targets. I would pretend they were some kind of big game and I had only one shot or I wouldn’t be successful. Fortunately my dad, who hadn’t hunted much, took an interest in hunting because I wanted to go so bad.
Dad is a selfless individual who worked extremely hard and even sold his guns to buy waders along with other hunting gear so I would stay warm. To this day I am forever grateful that he took the time to start my hunting career at such an early age. At the age of six he spent countless hours teaching me how to hunt; his main objective was gun safety. Every other Saturday he would take me to the range, showing me how to properly operate a firearm as well as down range safety. We spent countless hours shooting targets to hone my skills as a young marksman. He would always tell me “know your target and what is behind it before you pull the trigger.” Dad passed down the shooting skills that he learned while serving our country. He served our country as a Lieutenant in the Army for several years. Not only am I proud he took the time to teach me, but I’m honored to have a dad that served in the military.
I am blessed beyond compare to have a dad who cared enough to take me hunting. Remember taking a child hunting is the only way to keep these traditions alive. They are going to be the voices, just as you and I are, who stand up for hunting.
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