October 06, 2013 at 9:01pm
I have learned a lot taking my four kids hunting over the years. I realized that I can't make it miserable for them, and have made sure the electronics are charged and brought with us for them to play until they deer come out. The more opportunities they get to see deer out there the more they seem willing to sit there and wait and watch. I have also brought the grunt tube and antlers and let him play with them at will. Just something to make it enjoyable and pass the time. Think about it, how may of us could go to an opera or an art gallery and spend any appreciable amount of time there, and enjoy it. I think the same goes for hunting. Once our kids find the enjoyment of it, and appreciate the awesome beauty of the woods, they will want to go, but until then, me telling him to be quiet, sit still, don't do that is nothing more than the prude in front of me giving me a dirty look when I make an offhand comment about some 'modern abstract masterpiece' that looks like something my 9 year old could do in five minutes.
Once I lost the seriousness of trying to teach him exactly how to hunt, and tried to make it a good time in the woods, he seems to have started to come around and occasionally want to go. I make sure to take the two youngest at least once a year, and then if they ask. I don't think that one of my daughters will ever hunt, but my oldest son and daughter have the bug, and my youngest son seems to have an interest. Just yesterday morning as I got home from a morning sit, he asked me to get him up the next time I go hunting. There is hope.