By Dan Williams
My children were introduced to my passion for deer hunting in their
early years. As babies, they would snuggle in for some “Daddy time” and
watch hunting videos. As toddlers, they were learning to make deer
grunts and snorts right along with learning what a cow says. Their
first gifts from me were camouflage outfits or a deer stuffed animal.
Currently, we often shoot our bows, BB guns or the .22 in the backyard.
Ryan seems to have taken a real interest in archery. He will start his
first year of bowhunting this Fall. We often have little competitions
trying to put an arrow in the smallest target. Our favorite is trying to
shoot an arrow through a pop can top. Also, this Fall Ryan will
participate in his first rifle hunt during the September Youth Season.
He passed his Hunter’s Safety course in May.
Rebecca, the oldest, was the first to accompany me on a hunt. She will
often come home on the school bus and tell me about where she has
observed a deer. Last Fall, she was at Grandma & Grandpa’s home and
told me about a big buck she saw. She pointed out to me exactly where
he came out of the river bottom and where he went afterwards. Needless
to say, I had a stand hung there the very next day.
Rebecca took part in her first hunt last fall during the 2010 Youth
Season. Following some very intense minutes during the second afternoon
out, Rebecca harvested her first doe.
Brandon, the youngest, loves to shoot his BB gun. He occasionally
shoots bow and the .22. One fall, during the MN gun season, Brandon was
sitting with me and pointed out a buck coming across the field.
Minutes later, Brandon and I were holding “his” buck’s antlers out in
All of the kids like to look at the trail camera pictures with me. They
always get a kick out of the close up shots and raccoon pictures. They
also like to be out in the garage when the deer are butchered. When
they were smaller there was always a lot of “eww’s” and “aww’s”. Now,
they want to touch body parts and help out. They especially like
stuffing the burger bags and making jerky or should I say eating the
I am proud of my children and it pleases me very much that they share in my passion of deer hunting.