If you missed my article from the Sportsmen’s Alliance, here’s the link:
or read below:
The word hunter and the word mother both have definitions. But what about a mother that hunts. There’s more to that definition than just putting the two together, and I think it has a diverse meaning to different people, but to me it’s about teaching my kids self-preservation, conservation, discipline, persistence, and patience, just to name a few. At five and six years old, they are interested in seeing animals, eating the meat, practicing calls, and learning about the different types of animals we hunt, but at this point, they are not interested in going out in the “woods” and actually hunting.
We hunt almost all public land, and are not afforded the opportunity to take them to private land, with tree stands/hunting blinds, shooting lanes, food plots, etc. with a higher possibility of having some action. Where we hunt is at least an hour away from home, miles of hiking to our area, hours of spot n stalk, and tracking in hopes of seeing an animal. Therefore, although they are excited to learn, they aren’t ready to actually do it just yet, and that’s fine.
When we go on hunting trips, whether it be for the day or a week, they are excited. It means time with their grandparents and the anticipation of mom and dad possibly bringing home an animal for them look at up close and hear our stories. It’s a positive experience all around. Being a parent means we need to nurture their interests and not always project our interests onto them, and not “give up” taking them out fishing if they are willing to go, even if they spend most of their time playing on the beach of the lake. They are still outside enjoying nature, and most likely they will eventually love hunting. A lot of people say “it’s in your blood” (hunting I mean) and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. We always need to make sure we encourage new challenges and allow them to grow. To not be disappointed if they choose to not hunt, but most importantly, to educate them on why we hunt and what hunting provides for our family, environment, and wildlife.