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#513313 - 10/25/19 10:03 PM Getting kids out there.
Brad346 Offline

Registered: 09/04/18
Posts: 70
Loc: Colorado
I spend a lot of my time in the field helping kids get their animals. Mostly we hunt turkeys, but I got to be a part of something pretty special a couple of weeks ago.

Kristyn is a friendís daughter. Last year she came and hunted elk with me at 12 years old. We got lucky early and she filled her B list, private land cow tag the first evening.

She still had an either sex tag. She managed to get on a really good bull, but just couldnít settle in for the shot in time. He got away.

She took a turkey this spring.

This fall she was determined to redeem herself in the bull department. No small task. We had a few elk on the property. One herd bull, a couple of satellites and about 35 cows/not legal bulls. I put them to bed Saturday morning on BLM. We both had private land tags, so we set up where we thought they would come out. Another friend that was already done hunting saw them go the other way. We moved, almost botched it, then she set up and waited for about 2 hours for the elk to move. When the bull stepped behind a tree, dad told her to get ready on the next opening. He would cow call and the bull would stop.

EeewwwBANG. She wasnít waiting too long this time! Absolutely stoned him. He took 2 steps and went down.

A very happy 13 year old young lady.
She let me help her pack it out.

She isnít the only kid Iíve helped. Her older sister has taken 2 cows hunting with me, but has been too busy with high school activities the last few years.

My son killed a great bull his first year out, at 12. I helped a little. He is spoiled now.

Both these bulls are better than any I have ever killed, and we donít kill many bulls here. Iím starting think beginnerís luck is real. Or the powers that be just smile more on the kids, and Iím fine with that.
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#513333 - 10/26/19 08:14 AM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
Dave Davidson1 Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 14124
Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Well done Brad
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

#513343 - 10/26/19 09:58 AM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
gehajake Offline

Registered: 12/31/18
Posts: 129
Loc: Central MO
Wow, some amazing pictures and great job!
Helping a kid get their first turkey, or any animal, or their first fish is rewarding beyond anything, its better then harvesting it yourself. imo
Those are some super bull elks they killed, congrats to them!
All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.

#513353 - 10/26/19 04:05 PM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
Downrigger56304 Offline

Registered: 09/23/17
Posts: 28
Loc: Mn
Awesome!!! This flat lander dreams of taking his kids to hunt the ghost of the dark timber some day. Great job

#513363 - 10/26/19 08:22 PM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
Augie Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 231
Loc: Boone County Missouri
That's awesome Brad. Always love to see the young ones having success in the field.

#513364 - 10/26/19 08:27 PM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
RStringer Offline

Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 455
Loc: Parsons KS
Any reason to get the kid and adults off the couch I'm all for. Good to see the kids lovin it. Proud times right there. Enjoy every moment you can when you can.
The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag.

#514124 - 11/18/19 03:05 PM Re: Getting kids out there. [Re: Brad346]
liquidsquid Offline

Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 1990
Loc: East Bloomfield, NY USA
I live in a beautiful spot with plenty of hunting opportunities. Think I could get my son out there?


He is glued to electronics with all of his buddies. Getting him out is like pulling teeth, since that is their social circle when not together. It is exceedingly aggravating.

Two of his friends come over to hunt at our house, but he would have difficulty caring less. He sees them perched in a tree stand for hours staring at their phones while waiting for something to pass by, and comments how it is nice and warm inside.

Hopefully he will change as time goes on, I can only gently prod him. He is one stubborn mule. If I push too hard, he will fight me all the way.

I am glad your kid(s) get out with you! Jealous.


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