My son’s getting older and I want him to reach out into the world as far as he can; with me by his side of course. So before his baseball tryouts we were able to spend some quality time researching curriculum for the academy in Florida with the guys from Apex Outdoor Adventures. We spent the day being apprentice nuisance alligator trappers. Not only did we learn a lot , we laughed a lot! This trip would be a perfect reward for an older Academy student. It’s tryouts for baseball season and I am thankful for the time and learning we shared.
Before you watch the video:
“In some areas, alligator conservation has become so successful, the animals are now becoming a danger to pets and people. They cannot be captured and released because they then become a nuisance somewhere else. The most effective means to control them is by hunting. In fact, the animals then can become an economic benefit to communities and local conservation efforts through licensing, and other fees. Hunting = safe people, safe pets.”
For those of you who know me, I consider myself much more than a “Black Guy”. I proudly proclaim that I amd Black, Italian, look Spanish and eat Chinese Food. Recently, I was asked about minorities and gun ranges.
He’s the article http://rangereport.org/increase-minority-participation-at-your-facilit When it comes down to it I will help anyone experience the joys and discipline of hunting and shooting if they show the qualities of a good human.
I vowed after 20 years of giving my life to thousands of youth that my own son now would get the same. I had an old timer tell me the shoemaker’s kid story and I don’t think I ever been hit so hard with the realization that Landon is now a freshman and will be out of the house in a few years (maybe). So I hope America understands if I replace some of my social media time so it can go to him. Thanks America I’ll still do my job, but with a little different approach in 2014.
It is always hard to believe that celebrities are just everyday people. They too get encouraged and discouraged by the happenings in the world. So imagine my surprise when we I got a call from Larry’s charity manager Adrian regarding his affection for my efforts. You can read about it here. Camp Compass Donation
I’m not sure where the industry is on youth. The messages I receive are crossed; kids are important but not too important when compared to a critter. They are our future but not in our presence. For over 20 years, I have made youth the priority not an animal or a gun. I must say that I personally have not been invited to any national roundtables to discuss youth– even with my credentials, that far outweigh any man’s in the country, when it comes to non typical children in the outdoors. HMMM, puzzling to me with so many industry people caring about youth. So here I am outdoor industry, I just fought a national contest for you and I’m still confused about your seriousness when it comes to children. Gut check time for us all!
I’m getting older and so is my son. We had a rare chance to spend some time hunting pheasants. He just earned his new 12 Ga. and wanted to give it a try. So off we went following well trained pointers. The day ended in quite the competition and his gun handling was as fast as mine. His shooting was pretty darn good and I got chills when he smiled at me from across the field after downing his third bird. Thanks Landon for taking me hunting, I’m grateful for the time you give to me!
The calendar for me seems to be a great big circle. for the past twenty -five years August has always been the starting point. We get back to school and we begin the trips our students have worked so hard for. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of giving a youth the opportunity to do something way off their radar. Sitting in a blind and competing with Mother Nature makes me whole and I know it makes the students I’m with more complete as well. August is gone so in the meantime I’ll take what the other 11 months bless me with.