Sometimes, It’s All About The Kids
On a recent hunt trip out at 4J Ranch, my dad and I brought along two of my three boys. Baedon is 9 and Treyton is 11. We arrived early at the ranch so the boys could hunt rabbits and shoot at the range before we had to be in the blinds. They had an awesome time. It was cool to watch them learn how to load their bolt action .22s and then being excited at shooting. They learned so much so quickly. They are both very good shots too. Each took a rabbit at about 25 yards. They were stoked.
After the rabbit hunting and range shooting, it was time to set up in the blinds. My dad and Trey took the front blind while Bae and I took the middle blind. We settled in about 830pm. Now, anyone who hunts knows that stealth is paramount. Silence will win the day. Well, little boys can only be so quiet and only hold so still. Things were dropped.. things were bumped and boredom set in. Within two hours, they were ready to pack it in. I don’t blame them. They lasted a good 2.5 hours which is pretty damn good in my book.
So, no hogs… but who cares. The kids had a blast and got a real taste for hunting and shooting. They are eager to go again. With kids, you have to know when to stop pushing. That way they have a good time and want to go again. Little by little they’ll adapt and become more patient. So, start ’em young. They’ll thank you for it later!