It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to hunting. I am always pleased to have it happen, especially when it comes from a young future hunter.
I had the good fortune to meet a dedicated and intelligent young future hunter this past week. I was so amazed by his love of the sport, that I had to feature him in this week’s column. It gave me a chance to pick the brain of a young hunter and see what the future has to hold for we older hunters. I found myself reflecting on my past, by seeing him take the same road that I have chosen. As myself he has taken to bow shooting at a young age. Watching him go through the same safety and accuracy training as myself, gave me an idea as to his future. To be patient and listen can be hard for a boy his age, but he seems to have no problem with it. He chooses to be outside and understands what it takes to be a successful hunter. All the information is in place, he just needs a few more years to be able to test them.
Nearly 25 years ago, I made a lifelong friend, Dana Crosby. We enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting and camping together to this day. He had a younger sister, named Lana, that like most younger siblings hung out with her brother and us older kids. Who would have known, that many years later she would give birth to the boy featured in this week’s column? Kyle Benjamin is her son's name, he is seven years old, and is already quite the sportsman. He likes to watch hunting shows, and can't wait to join us afield.