The first time in a lifetime


Ask anyone who hunt or fish how they got started in the sport or what was the first thing they caught or killed and I bet you can recite all the details of the experience without hesitation, because it is how important and memorable these moments are. are. I can guarantee you that I pulled a can of coffee full of granules into a giant red oak tree in the backyard of my grandfather’s house, Olin Mahfouz, before I killed my first squirrel, but I was too proud that I would have been if I had caught all of Africa’s dangerous “Big 5” game, it was a monumental moment for a child and a fantastic memory.

As men and women of the outdoors, it is our duty to convey this love for sport and to do so in a manner that is both respectful and ethical. At this point in my outdoor career, I think I really enjoy seeing other people succeed more than I do, especially kids. There are few things that are as rewarding as being there on the first trip, fishing or hunting that a child or a beginner does. Seeing them get it all figured out and fall in love with the whole experience is really what it is and something every outdoorsman should experience at least once.

I would like to congratulate everyone who took the time to share the outdoors with a beginner, you should be proud of what you have done and I hope you will continue to share your love for the sport whenever you have it. the occasion. Taking a young hunter or a young fisherman on his first trip requires several things; the most important is a huge dose of patience. Realizing that the day or the trip is about the new hunter or new anglers is the best place to start, in fact it is the most important place to start. Knowing that the trip you are on could make or break the new hunter or fisherman’s love for the sport adds pressure to the trip, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow certain guidelines. Take a new hunter or fisherman on a trip where it is sure to see game or catch fish, the opportunity to interact with the outdoors is often enough to keep new hunters and anglers coming back. If you are taking a kid out hunting, consider going somewhere where they will see a lot of animals or birds, the same can be said for fishing, keep them interested.

Cassie Grizzaffi of Orange made her first duck hunt a memorable one.

As much as I hate being used as a “babysitter”, electronic devices like an Ipad have saved many deer hunts from failing because the young ones get bored quickly. Always consider the weather to be a factor as well, nothing ruins a day on the water or in the woods like being too cold or too hot. Snacks and food feature high on the list of “must-haves” for hunters and anglers, a quality assortment of treats in the blind bag or tackle bag will go a long way in keeping young people happy, which will bring them in. to stay on the ground or on the water longer. Never leave a young hunter or young fisherman outside for too long, when he’s cold, tired, bored or anything like that, you have to get him out of there don’t associate hunting or fishing with a daily activity that he may not take away from you. More children are turned away from the outdoors by being forced to stay outside than just about anything, be sure to prepare and watch for signs.

The last little tip I could offer would probably be to use gear or gear that is suitable for younger people. Guns, bows, fishing rods and reels for the little ones are easily accessible for anyone who wants to watch. Often times, it’s just as easy to find someone who’s been down this route before and has some gear for young outdoor enthusiasts that they would be willing to lend. I have seen on several hunting and fishing websites people sharing their gear with other parents to help a youngster get started in the sport. Keep all of these things in mind when going out with a new hunter or angler as they will really help you be more successful while introducing the next generation to the outdoors.


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