Raising a Hunter…
Like many of you, I was introduced to hunting by my Father. As a kid, I would help him get all of his gear together hoping I would get to hold that gun or knife before they were packed away. I can remember the smell of that red goose down suit and those leather boots like it was yesterday. As the tail lights of my father's van went down the driveway, all I could think was I can't wait until it's my turn.
At the age of 12, I finally got to take that ride with that gun and knife I was lucky enough to hold. We drove almost five hours to up state Tioga, Pennsylvania, and I was taking in every minute of it. Along for the ride was my Dad's close friend since childhood, Phil, or Mr. Laubach to me. What I soon learned, the hunting trip did not begin in the woods. The hunting trip starts with the time spent with family and friends. It's that time shared in camp, around the card table, or tucked in the back of a van. Hunting is what bonds us together. It is what gives us that reason to gather, share stories, memories, and bust some stones between close friends. This was the first lesson, even if it was not intended to be.
Dad's official first rule when we arrived at the hotel was all about SAFETY! The deal was, I was allowed to go with and sit with him in the woods, but no gun. If I liked it, and followed all the rules as if I had a gun, I would be allowed to take the safety course and come licensed the following year. What he didn't know, I would have agreed if I had to carry all his gear and pay for the gas. He explained to me, hunting is something fun, but needs to be respected at all times! Again, my thoughts go back to, I can't wait until it's my turn.
As the seasons past, it would soon be my turn again…….. I now had a son helping me load my gear into the truck. The goose down and leather boots have been replaced with insulated rubber boots and IWOM jacket, but there is still someone watching the tail lights down the driveway. My oldest son, Quinn Edward (named after his Grandfather) seemed to have an even greater passion for hunting than I did when I was his age.
The responsibility of brining an ethical hunter into the brotherhood is a great responsibility. A lot has changed in hunting since I started many years ago. But, one thing that will never change, the fundamental rules I need to pass along.
RULE # 1: Safety – no number of “I am sorry” can fix hurting anyone with a gun.
RULE # 2: GOLDEN RULE – treat others as you want to be treated.
RULE # 3: Have fun – hunting is supposed to be enjoyable, not a competition.
October 10th, Quinn turned 5, and I took him to get his first license. I took him out in the ground blind under the same pretenses that I was raised. He had no weapon, and if he followed all the rules, the next time I will take him out and let him take a deer with the crossbow. As we left the blind that night after his first ever hunt, he turned to me and said, “I can't wait until it's my turn.” As I swelled up
with pride, all I could do was share a smile with him. In my head, all I could think of is, I can't wait to share that time with you too buddy.
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The Pro Staff at Extreme Precision Outdoors would really like to say congratulations on all the success you have had over the making of your new show! We watch every episode and i am truly impressed by where you started to where you are now! It's amazing to watch you hunt and do your thing! Keep up the good work! Your definately are a role model to all of us and future hunters as well!! keep the videos coming.
- Team EPO
My brother and I found your website and have been watching your YouTube video clips. We both agree that you have done a great job, you really show what it is like to have a job, a family, house work and everything else that occurs in the everyday hunters life.
- Drop Tine Pursuit
Chris, your stuff is grass-roots and real! …I really like the way you just simply talk to the viewers…I'd rather spend an afternoon watching YouTube videos of the average Joe hunter…your stuff is something I can totally relate to…I love this whole hunting/filming thing…It's a lot of work and a huge commitment - especially for a husband and daddy…You are my newest hero dude!