Bonding Through Hunting

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Deer hunting is a way of life ingrained in the hearts and souls of many, going back centuries in time. Not only does it provide food for the family, but it is great opportunity to build relationships through shared excursions across deer inhabited country. There are many types of hunting ranging from large game like elk, bear and moose, to small game like pheasants, geese and duck.

Hunting with patience

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Skills to successfully snagging a big buck often comes down to one character trait: patience. When the cold fall weather kicks in and rutting bucks step out of hiding for unashamed pursuit, it does not take long before the “fever” to hunt sits in. But, patience is key to most aspects of life, not only hunting. For instance, taking your spouse hunting with you for the first time. This requires patience to explain the game repeatedly in which you are already so familiar with. Keep the patience, repeat often, and make this an adventure to be shared for a lifetime.

Hunting with purpose

Other than the evident delight of harvesting a big buck or storing up food for the family, hunting is an excellent way to connect with others; to share in a common experience. Hunting is a bonding opportunity.

And the best part is, talking is not even necessary. Two or more people can get together to target practice, shoot bow, or check deer cameras. They can shed hunt, scout or just park a vehicle at sunset and watch as the bucks and doe come out of hiding.

Hunting as a tradition

Hunting has evolved since Native Americans freely occupied North American soil. Unfortunately, that aspect of their culture has been long ignored living on the reservation land. Like the Native Americans, bows and arrows are still a main part of the hunting sport; however, most hunters rely on current technology and store-bought equipment to guide them.

Hunting with youth

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Hunting in youth begins early, usually around 12 years of age. Come fall, kids are able to accompany dad or mom for the first early morning outing. It is a time to sit. To talk. To remember. To plan. It is a time where a son or daughter has unlimited, distraction-free moments with their parent. During this time, a parent can really listen and learn about the currents in a child’s life.

And hopefully during this time, a big old buck comes forward, adding a memory for next year.

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