If you look up the word “hunter” in the dictionary, you will see my picture on that page. That is because “hungry” is on the same page.
I have harvested my share of birds and an elk here and there, but am not a great hunter. At the end of the day, I love being outdoors. My son shares the same love for the outdoors and wildlife.
This past week, my son and I spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night, all-day Saturday, and a half-day Sunday at a hunter education class sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. I took the same basic class when I turned 10…over 35 years ago. For anyone who has taken hunter education, no matter which state you live in, rest assured the movies have not been updated.
In all, we shared 5 hours in the car driving to and from Ben Avery Shooting Range and nearly 20 hours getting hands-on and classroom instruction. We shared lots of laughs, had some serious ethical conversations, and I learned more about what he likes and does not like about the outdoors and hunting. And he learned more from me.
I am not suggesting each of you need to take your kid through hunter education (by the way, lots of moms and daughters took the class), but you should seek out something your kid enjoys and find a way to take a deep dive with the subject.
In particular, find free or low-cost opportunities offered by organizations with the same passion. Hunter education courses receive funding from several public sources and the instructors volunteer their time…and their passion can be contagious.
Maybe your kid enjoys the outdoors. Find an opportunity (REI, Bass Pro Shops and many others offer no/low cost classes).
Art? Check out your local art museum or community college for a workshop or class.
The list of interests and opportunities could take pages to exhaust.
Your job: ask your kid what subject she would like to dig into. And do it with her.
I promise both of you will grow closer to one another…and you might just learn something.
I am going to brush up on my aim.
Do you know what interests your kid? Do you have ideas about how to help them learn in a way you can also participate?