Im a kid at heart and haven't been hunting for anything, besides deer a few times,since i moved to minnesota. I miss shooting roosters, I did that a lot in Nebraska as a kid. Anyone wanna take me hunting? I am damn safe. I remember my dad made me carry a bb gun in the field my first year, I was mostly a two legged bird dog. The next year I got to carry a real shotgun with no bullets, to prove I wouldn't point it at anyone and could carry it safely. On my third year I got one shotgun shell in my Ruger 20 gauge over and under, and I had to take that shot wisely or I wouldn't get any birds. It taught me to choose my shot well. Eventually I graduated to full hunting rights, after I proved myself. Of course I took hunters safety classes as well. How did your fathers teach you all to hunt, were they as strict as mine?
My dad taught me how to clean a catfish as soon as I was old enough to hold a fishing rod and he taught me how to drive as soon as I was tall enough to see over the dashboard but hunting was never a part of our lives. I didnt pick up a gun until I moved to Minnesota in my 20s and asked my girlfriends father if he would show me the ropes (he had lost interest and had not hunted in many years). That was twelve years ago and the two of us have been hunting together ever since. I married the girl and have become very good friends with my father in law. My interest in hunting birds re-sparked his passion for the sport. My in-laws sold their house in town (up north) and bought a home in the woods so we would have our own place to hunt. He has since gotten me into archery; we are now both bow hunters. A few years ago I bought a rifle and invited some old high school buddies up to hunt the firearms season; this past season was our third year of deer camp and my father in laws first year of taking to the woods with us to hunt firearm season. Last year he and my wife gave me a smoke pole for Christmas so this will also be our first year hunting muzzleloader together. We keep fanning the flame in each other and will both have a good friend and hunting partner for many years to come. I now have two kids; the oldest is a six year old girl who is very interested in hunting and I look forward to introducing her to the wonderful world of hunting.
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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954