Courtesy of the US Sportsmen's Alliance
As you turn your attention toward hunting seasons ahead, there's one thing you can do that will make the season more memorable and rewarding—take the kids or entire family along. And be certain to keep your time outdoors as a fun, relaxed and learning adventure.
Rule number one is to listen to questions—and provide answers. Nearly every kid has at least a thousand questions inside that are just waiting to come out. Be patient, and try to provide answers. Take the time to show leaves, rocks in creeks, acorns, deer rubs, tracks, shed antlers and any wildlife spotted. Keep the learning process fun, and look at the details.
Next, let the trip move at a kid's or wife's pace. These could be far different than your standard scouting or hiking pace. Be certain everyone has appropriate and fitting footwear, and apply bug spray according to directions to reduce or repel pesky chiggers or ticks. When possible, bring binoculars along with wildlife and track ID guides that all can use. With imagination you can turn learning into games. Help kids be more attentive to nature by showing them how to cup their hands behind their ears and increase their listening power.
Remember to also load your daypack with plenty of drinking water and snacks. Nothing brings on thirst and hunger like exploring the great outdoors.
Finally, you will know when it's time to head for home—when someone sits down, state's they are tired or need a rest break, or if a blister forms on a foot. Becoming too cold or too hot can also cause participants to want to head for home. It's a not a forced military march, and pushing the trek will only make them find the great outdoors far less enjoyable.
Remember also that the big woods can be a scary place for some—until you take the time to properly introduce them to the great outdoors.
Learn more at www.ussportsmen.org.