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Tuesday’s Tracking: Bright Idea Outdoors

January 22nd, 2008

Deer TracksI am introducing a new feature to Jake’s Outdoors today. I have been spending a lot of time reading various outdoor blogs, and have really enjoyed it. So, starting today, I am going to start the “Tuesday’s Tracking”, in which I will feature the blogs of other folks who write about the outdoors. I have enjoyed reading these blogs so much, and I know you all will enjoy them as well.

This week’s blog is Bright Idea Outdoors. Matt has been doing a series of posts on taking kids hunting. It has been a great read, and he offers a lot of good suggestions. I am always looking for suggestions on making the experience more enjoyable for kids. Matt’s latest post also talks about some hunting traditions, that remind me of the traditions that take place in our own deer camp. Every camp, I am sure, has its own traditions, even if they are very similar. We have the tradition of giving the newest member of camp a very hard time–he (or she) bears the brunt of all the jokes and pranks, and get assigned all the tasks that no one else want to do. I also have the tradition of smearing blood from a first deer on the face of a successful hunter, which is a tradition also mentioned by Matt.

Matt also discussed hunting mentors in his recent post. I am so thankful that my dad introduced me to hunting when I was young. He started taking me hunting before I was even old enough to carry a gun. He didn’t even give up on me when my brother and I got lost in the WV mountains (I should write about that some time!). When I turned 12, he started taking me hunting with him, and we have been hunting together ever since (22 years!). He also introduced all of my brothers to hunting, and we spend every Thanksgiving week together at hunting camp. I look forward to this week every year, and I have a great time watching everyone enjoy the week hunting and spending time together. I really appreciate one particular thing my dad taught me, and my brothers. He taught us to celebrate with everyone else in their success. I can enjoy the success of others in camp as much as I enjoy my own success. This year, my little brother, who is not so little anymore, killed 2 bucks in camp. It was great to see him be so successful. He has, in fact, probably developing into the best hunter of us all. I can’t wait to see how he continues to develop his skills!

Thanks Matt for the great blog. Keep up the good work!

3 Responses to “Tuesday’s Tracking: Bright Idea Outdoors”

  1. Thanks very much! You’ve got a great blog yourself.

  2. Matt does write a fabulous blog and is doing good work in a lot of areas. I think his series on teaching kids to hunt is going to help a lot of people.

  3. I love the title “Tuesday’s Tracking”. Perfect!

    Matt does have a great blog.

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