In this lost world that is greatly addicted to technology, I hope there still is room for hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Children these days are being brought up in competitive sports, television, cell phones, and videos games. Generally, there’s nothing wrong with any of these things. However, when it becomes a child’s main priority in life, well, we have a problem.
I’ll admit that I like technology. It is quite handy and sometimes fun, but these video games are taking us away from family time and true, wholesome enjoyment. Outdoor pursuits, such as trapping and hunting, can give you exercise, family time, experiences, free food, great character, enjoyment, adventure, survival skills, and even money. The outdoors can bring all of that, unlike video games and TV.
It is not that children don’t want to go outside, it is just that they have no idea what to do outside for few will teach them. Fathers, mothers, and grandparents need to teach their children or grandchildren the art of being outside. The outdoors can change someone’s life. It is just a matter of learning and cherishing it all.
I encourage fathers and grandfathers who hunt, fish, trap, camp, or do anything outdoors to raise their children in the art of being an outdoors person. Pass on your skill to your kids, whether it be a son or daughter. If they do not want to learn the skill of the outdoors, keep trying and trying, and I know they will fall in love with it.
For the most part, I taught myself outdoor activities, and it changed my life. I thank my friend, Bryan May, for introducing me to fishing, though, which led me to learning other outdoor pursuits. I have no kids of my own, but I have a much younger brother. He is 4 years old. I love having him come out fishing with me, seeing him hold a fish. And I hope that he grows to be a grander outdoorsman than me.
So let’s bring back the great art of being an outdoors person — and change the world.
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