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Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 252-3425
Crossroads Mall
Mt. Hope, WV
 
Ace Paddling Center
(800) 223-2641
PO Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV
 
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
(304) 866-3858
HC 70 Box 200 Davis
Davis, WV
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 746-6256
Trace Fork
Charleston, WV
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 848-0482
2399 Meadowbrook Mall
Bridgeport, WV
 
A.C.E Whitewater
(304) 469-2651
P.O. Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV
 
Kmart #3880
304469601
9000 Fayetteville Rd
Oak Hill, WV
 
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
(304) 375-2923
3982 Waverly Road Williamstown
Williamstown, WV
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 252-3425
Crossroads Mall
Mt. Hope, WV
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 733-9720
Route 60 Mall Road
Barboursville, WV
 

Building a Big Game Hunter

Teaching Children to Love the Outdoors

Across the nation, there is a concern about declines in the number of hunters. In addition to a significant drop in license and tax revenues, there are worries that the decline could eventually change the relationship between humans and wildlife.

A report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and 2006 - from 14 million to about 12.5 million. The losses were most severe in New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific states.

Some of the reasons given for declining numbers of youth hunters are competition for recreational time, loss of opportunities and increasing costs.

Certainly hunting today is different than when I fist carried a gun afield nearly 40 years ago. As a youth I could climb the fence in the back of the yard and have hundreds of acres of upland habitat to wander in. Today there are age restrictions and hunter safety requirements that must be met before a young person can even purchase a license.

Like many fathers, after my children were born I wanted to introduce them to the sport that I loved. I wanted them to experience the joy and pleasure I derived from hunting and being in the outdoors.


The three generations participating in this hunt include a youngster with a toy shotgun.

I did not have to teach my oldest son to love hunting. He was born with the gene and by the time he was three, I couldn't leave him home without provoking a serious tantrum. Today he will gladly climb several thousand feet in steep mountain terrain during poor weather for a slight chance of taking a trophy.


My oldest son with a nice high country mule deer buck.

My oldest daughter likes to fish, but has no interest in hunting. She married about five years ago and our family quickly converted her formerly non-hunting husband. He eagerly joins us on upland or big game hunts whenever possible.

My youngest daughter's interest in hunting was sparked by a love of sporting dogs and watching them work on upland game. She passed her hunter safety class at 16. Although she has carried a tag and a rifle on a couple of hunts, she has never killed a big game animal (her choice). Still, she accompanies us on hunting trips when her schedule allows and she enjoys hiking and glassing. Her husband recently expressed interest in taking a hunter safety class and applying for a license.

Except for my first son, a passion for hunting and the outdoors had to be carefully nurtured. Even though my oldest wanted to accompany me as soon as he could walk I had to make certain his experiences were positive. When taking him along, I had to temper my expectations. I vividly remember trying to sneak through oak brush in pursuit of a mule deer buck and wondering how a boy who weighed 45 pounds could make the same volume of noise as a charging rhino.

At an early age he was willing to stay out all day in any kind of weather. I recall a couple of hun...

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