Gopherlongbeards wrote:My hat's off to all of you guys participating in the youth hunts. You've kind of hinted at it, but for a lot of these kids it isn't really about the hunt, it's about having a mentor to help get them started down a path for their lives. I grew up in a family that didn't hunt, and would never have gotten into it if I didn't have friends who were willing to take a clueless newbie out and show him the ropes. You've inspired me to get involved with the youth hunt next spring, either here in MN or western WI.
Gopher, I am the same as my family didn't hunt. My brother had some friends that took him deer hunting after he was out of high school, and he in turn got me involved. I actually got him to try turkey hunting after I got hooked, and well the rest is history. That is why I have such a passion for the LTH program. I would have loved to participate in it, but it didn't exist at that time.
Scott, you are a good man for what you do. This year for our LTH program we had a kid who has had a rough life. His father is in prison for abusing his mom and him, and we paired him up with a great father-like figure for him. He missed a bird, but the thanks I have gotten from his mom for the mentor I put him with has been awesome. He loved the hunt, but he got so much more out of the whole experience that it makes it all worth while. The rewards from a hunt like that are so much deeper and meaningful than harvesting a bird. It makes all the work worthwhile.