Per Scoot’s suggestion I thought I’d share my daughters first ever hunt over the aforementioned MEA weekend in MN.
I have three girls and I’ve made it a point to start bringing the girls along to the blind at the age of 3. Last fall I realized that MN had a youth season and my daughter would be age 10 this year, the minimum to hunt in MN. My daughter is very petite and while she loves shooting her bow there is zero chance she could pull back the required minimum. So I thought rather than get her started by gun hunting we’d start her with a crossbow. This was after I asked her last year if she’d be interested in hunting this fall. She said yes which made this dad very happy. Fast forward to earlier this fall when we stopped and picked up her first ever license!
Last Thursday is opening day of the youth season. She took a couple last practice shots before we headed out. We had regular practice sessions all summer. I like the fact that she would get super pissed if she had a bad practice shot.
Day 2, Friday afternoon. Headed out. We actually spotted but eventually bumped a doe and a small buck on our walk in. I knew they didn’t get our scent so I was hoping they would come back at some point.
She was excited, I was ecstatic! We shared a big hug that I will remember forever. It was only 6:30, the deer ran opposite of our entry trail. I was pretty sure the deer was dead but wanted to give it some time. We headed back to the house to grab some dinner and pick up grandpa who started me on a hunting path at an early age as well.
It was awesome as you can imagine. Such a cool feeling as a dad. I remember reading an article in the Bugle magazine years ago on how a grown daughter was reflecting on her time hunting with her dad who had since passed. Her premise was she had other brothers and sisters but when she went hunting with her dad, that was her time to share with him and bond with him. I cut out that article and have made it a point to introduce them to the outdoors. If they choose to pick it up that’s their choice. She wasn’t the one I assumed would want to shoot a deer but let that be a lesson as well. Don’t project onto your kids. She was excited as hell to share this at school and I sent a pic to her teacher for her to show the class. Thanks for following. Now it’s my turn hopefully?? Thanks for the inspiration to post and for leading the way with your kids Scoot!!
Well done Sophia! Daddy/Daughter hunts will always hold a special place for me. This one was awesome! There's just something special about getting your little princess out in the woods. I'll never forget my daughter's first hunt, first deer, first turkey, and the many more after. Congrats to you Cade and to your daughter on an amazing memory. Hopefully it is the first of many to come!
Absolutely wonderful!!! I love this thread! Many congrats to you, Cade, and to Sophia for this. What a cutie you have there, Cade.
This reminds me so much of my daughter, Morgan's first hunt. I hope I can get her back out this year, but she's waffling a lot on whether she will go or not. The lesson there is this-- Cade, ya did good getting her out now and I hope you get her out at every possible opportunity. Once crayons turn into perfume, it gets tough!
Great pics, great story, great outcome! Congrats Cade and Sophia on an awesome daddy/daughter outing neither of you will likely ever forget. Thanks for posting!
Thanks for the replies guys. Especially those of you like Scoot and Brotsky who’ve paved the way on Bowsite (at least for me) for the youth involvement. Side note on the face paint. We started that when each kid was 3, not because we think it will help, more so as a tradition and a rite of passage. They love it and look forward to it.
T-Roy, how do you think I got access to the place we hunt right now;)?? It’s been a blessing to hunt where we do, which is across the street from my house. Nice when I have three kids and a wife who works full time. Can slip in for a morning or evening hunt without disrupting an entire weekend.
As has been said, congratulations Sophia, that was a great shot. You are one dynamic young gal!
Now take a bunch of bite size pieces, season them the way you like, wrap some bacon around them, put em on the grill, serve them up to your entire family. They will be begging you to go out and get some more. :) :)