Just a quick reminder to everyone to take time to mentor a new youth into our sport. Forgive me, this isn't about a predator hunt.
I know it can be fun to go out by yourself or with your long time hunting buddy.
I know it can be fun to make the perfect stand, sit perfectly still, and harvest game.
But, I want to remind everyone it can also be fun to have a new hunter with, to whisper and giggle in the sand, show them their first taste of wildlife up close and help pass on our sport.
I teach a lot of youth archery programs and one of the parents inquired about taking their son out hunting with me some time. Last weekend they dropped him off mid-day on Saturday and we bow hunted Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Were we perfectly quiet in the stand ... no
Did we sit perfectly still ... no
Did we harvest the buck of a lifetime ... no
Did we have fun, enjoy nature and make memories ... absolutely.
Saturday evening, after a boring fidgety hour or so on stand, we starting seeing a few deer. The night ended with us watching a doe and a couple young bucks in the field for almost an hour. The doe walked by us inside of 20 yards and the bucks got as close as about 40 yards.
Sunday morning was a little slower but we did watch a young doe feed on apples from the apple tree about 75 yards away.
Remember, these kids are the future of our sport, our passion, so pass it on.