Starting Them Young…
I have tried to introduce my kids to the outdoors at a very early age. Some people have asked me what I would do if my kids grew up and didn’t like hunting. That may happen. I certainly don’t plan on forcing them to like it. I try to be very patient with them, as they learn about hunting and fishing. But, if my kids’ attitude right now is any indication, I think they are going to love the outdoor sports. You’ve read some about my older kids, and how much they have taken to going to deer camp, shooting guns and bows, and fishing. Now it is time for the youngest, JonDavid to join the exploits of his older siblings.
Recently, JonDavid has taken to watching hunting shows on TV. For the record, JonDavid will be two in November (he’s our hunting season baby, and got the middle name “Hunter” without much complaint from my wife). He enjoys watching the animals, and hunts so much that he asks for the Outdoor Channel to be put on when he comes in the living room. When he gets TV time while my wife is teaching school to the two older children, he asks for hunting shows. This morning, a friend came over, and I was showing him the new scope I installed on my muzzle loader. When JonDavid saw it, he shouted out, “hunt deer, hunt deer.” I think he is getting ready for deer season too!
A few days ago, I got out the camera and videoed JonDavid as he was playing in the living room, and watching hunting shows. If anti-hunters stumble on this they will say he is being “brainwashed”, but in reality, he has developed this love of all things hunting on his own, as he watches the hunting shows. He doesn’t even remember hunting camp from last year! Here is the video of JonDavid:
I think I definitely have another little hunting buddy! It won’t be long till Jacob will be shooting, and from the looks of it, JonDavid won’t be too far behind him. It is great to share the love of the outdoors through 3 generations. I know my dad loves sharing time with the grandkids in the woods as well. This is the type of activity that I hope we can continue to share through 3 more generations!