Fathers, they are our protectors, our teachers, and oftentimes our adventure partners. While mothers have certainly played their role (there’s no doubting that), many of us have dad or a father figure to thank for teaching us this way of life we know and love. The life of a hunter.
Throughout our youth, he showed us the ropes. It started with early mornings in the hunting truck and our favorite snacks (courtesy of mom). While we tried to match his long strides with our quick short strides he was sure to point out every rub and the indications of its age, every dropping and indications of its freshness, and every animal within sight. When we were really lucky we got to see dad harvest an animal and help him field dress and pack it out.
As we grew older the hunts changed. We gained more responsibility and earned the opportunity to take the shot, but there was no way we could do this on our own. Again, Dad was there, right by our side, coaching us, teaching us, guiding us, keeping us safe, and mentoring us.
Time passed and we grew. We were able to hit the woods without Dad. Overall of those years Dad taught us right. Thanks to him, we know certain hunting spots like the back of our hand, we know where to put our cameras and salt, and maybe most importantly, we know how to harvest, thank and care for the animals we are blessed with.
While the solo hunts and experiencing the woods with new friends is fun, there’s always time for a hunt with Dad. Now matching him stride for stride as you head to your favorite hunting spot, sharing the lunch you packed with him, letting him have the first shot, and reminiscing about all of the hunts you have enjoyed together.
Looking back, many of us now understand that during these early ages Dad was giving us a very precious gift during his short hunting season: his time, attention, and love all in efforts to pass along his passion and knowledge. And today, thanks to Dad, we too are able to pass along this lifestyle we know and love.
Happy Father’s Dad and thank you to all of the amazing hunting dads out there.
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