One of the best things we can do as stewards to the outdoors is to introduce young people to our sport and get them interested in what we love to do. That feeling is contagious and when kids see how much we enjoy the labor of love that is hunting they are bound to want to take part. I’ve been involving my son in what I do since he was three years old. He has been out with me setting and checking trail cameras, scouting, glassing, taking care of our farm deer, shooting, and of course hunting. Now he is seven and wants to be behind the weapon with a deer in front of him. I’m not sure if he is ready for that yet, but we will see. This weekend we went shooting and for the first time he got to shoot his bow at a 3d course and kill some foam. Most of our shots were rather close, but I had an extreme moment of pride when we were shooting at some targets from one of the treestand towers. The closest target was 19 yards away. This is quite a challenge for Matthew since most of his shooting is done from 10 yards and in and his little Diamond Nuclear Ice bow does not pack much of a punch. To both of our surprises however Matthew was able to put a shot not only on the bear target, but a perfect heart shot. Now I realize that it was a lucky shot but that does not diminish the pride I have in my little man for continuing to develop into a future TCW prostaffer.
Here are some pictures of our shooting day.