Had the pleasure of being hosted by fellow member "Caxtell", on a hunt to introduce my step-son to hunting over beagles.
After multiple attempts of drudging through SGL briars, and jumping on brush piles in an attempt to jump rabbits for Dominic it was obvious; he needed an adrenaline packed hunt over top knotch beagles.
The hunt did a few things: it introduced him to fellow hunters - the best of them at that, showed him a great example of dog handling, brought us closer together - now he can relate to my stories of hunting rabbits as a child, hunting over the dogs has him amped up for next year, and having put one in the bag has him <span style="font-size: 17pt">hooked</span>!
"Caxtell"- Thanks again for everything, I can't say it enough. I could fill the page with specifics, but overall the experience was fantastic. The comraderie was outstanding, and everyone was on-board with delivering for the youth and that was fantastic. I know you had a busy day, but know we appreciated every minute of it.
He's learned a few things this past hunt:
Hunting is just as much about friendships and bonds formed as it is about harvesting game.
And my favorite, you forget all about the cold and shivvering when the dogs are coming towards you with a rabbit.
I had a few proud moments of the day there:
1- I keep telling him he needs to refer to adults as Sir/Ma'am unless the person tells him otherwise, and even then to remain polite and sincere when calling them by their name; his first response when spoken to: "Yes, Sir"
2- His shooting, we spend what I think is alot of time at the range, just shooting, nothing specific but becoming familiar and comfortable with the art. The gun he was shooting was delivered a short time ago by Santa, and he's had limited range sessions with it: but he nailed it.
3- Responsibility: As stated above we do alot of range time and firearm safety is top priority. He took the shot, cycled another round, and placed the gun on safety; before cheering and giving high fives.
And he always eats what he harvests:
Hats off to "Caxtell" and Sam for taking the time out of their schedules to host an amazing hunt!