well the temps and wind were tolerable today so i picked up my 10yr old nephew and we drove to my hunting spot .We walked in and looked for sign spotted a nice flock of turkeys.got the birds to respond to yelps,that blew him away.his eyes were as wide as soup bowls..We got to my tree stand and went to open the lock it was frozen shut.he came up with the idea of using to hand warmers to get the lock to open.It works.Then we did some work on the ground blind and shooting lanes.Did some trail maintainience,picked up a little garbage by the parking area.then as a reward we went to the gun store.This was his first where he was allowed to handle the guns.He tried em all semi auto shotguns ,single shot 22,s a couple lever actions ,and the new hoyt youth bow.his arms are still too short.Then we went to a lecture about black bears that the rangers were giving.They asked if anybody was a hunter and he shot his hand right up.the ranger told everyone how the hunters were great for the park.he compared another park 10 miles away that doesnt allow hunting and how the deer had eaten the whole understory now all thats left is the grass by the roads .the deer are all emaciated.then he explained how that the hunters cull some of the deer allowing for a greater biodiverty in this park.reptiles,plants,trees,animals.The hunters were responsible for all of it .you could see the approving nods in the non hunters.All in all we had a great day
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky