Caring for the outdoor life instead of inheriting the disconnected world of today. Is something I think about for my boys. With hunter numbers going down and average age going up. How can I fight back against the trend with my family.
When I was young I remember the days of deer hunting with my dad before I could even shoot. The thrill of going and seeing deer and other wildlife while enjoying time out with my dad kept me going out. Now you can't get kids out of bed and off there device. It's only going to get worse as electronics advance more and the world disconnects from nature.
We needs to come up with a plan how to get the attention of are kids. Bird hunting, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl are all great ways I'm getting my kids involved. Today world is instant gratification and small game can be the closest thing to that while hunting. It's not guaranteed success but they will see game and be involved in the hunt. Dogs are also getting my kids involved. They love the dogs.
They go out with me to train the bird dogs or take the Beagles out to run in the off season. It teaches them we don't always bring game home but we have a good time doing what we love. They are far from being able to hunt but they are already starting to love the outdoors and looking forward to going out next. Choosing to take your kids with you sometimes when you hunt will make you get less game but It will get them valuable time in the woods. Letting them see success in the field and failure is going to be important if we want are hunting partners to be are kids. Let tradition continue think about the future now.