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Author Topic: Good times with my kids  (Read 939 times)

Offline Blocko

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Good times with my kids
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:14:59 AM »
Monday was opening day here.  I let my 11 year old daughter skip a day of school so we could hunt.  She's a straight A student, so I feel she can be rewarded with a day off for something special and I know she'll work hard to catch herself back up.  Besides, 10 years from now, which do you think she'll still have in her memory...the stuff she learned that day at school or the events of her first turkey hunt.  I think that answer is obvious.  Sometimes, there are other things in life that are more valuable and meaningful than school.

Anyway, she shot her first deer last fall, so she was ready to chase her first turkey.  She is a typical girl, always running late in the morning...but not this day.  She was ready before I was.  I knew she was excited.

Upon getting in our blind, we had birds responding immediately from their roost within 200 yards of us.  Shortly after light, she spotted them quietly entering the food plot.  I got her set up with the 20 gauge...and got my video camera rolling.  I immediately realized that the birds were two hens and a jake.  As they worked their way across the small food plot, I informed her that he was a jake, not a tom, but she could legally shoot a jake.  She was quiet for a few seconds and then stated, "Dad, I really want to shoot a tom.  Can I let him go for next year?".  I didn't answer her right away.  I was speechless.  Her statement and question really hit me hard. 
With my hunting buddies and family, I talk about attempting to harvest mature animals and saving young animals for later years...but I never realized that she was listening to those discussions...and I never realized that she was actually hearing what I was saying.  The fact that she realized that she didn't want to just shoot any bird was huge, but the fact that she realized she could leave this bird for another time just floored me.  At 11 years old, she understands.  I was incredibly proud of her at that moment.
Honestly, I was prepared to let her take any jake or tom for her first give her some excitement and give her a great experience.  I didn't realize that she had other ideas.
She then stated "or maybe, Maddy (her 9 year old sister) can shoot him".  What the heck is going on?  Who is this girl?  I couldn't believe what she was saying again.  Now, they are great sisters and get along just fine, but when it comes to sharing with each other, there is a lot to be desired.  But, there she was stating that if she leaves the jake alone, possibly her sister could shoot it.  (My 9 year old can hunt in Michigan's mentor program and I was planning to take her out the next day).
Wow!  I was floored.  Just when you think all your parenting is going in one ear and out the's nice to know that some of it is sinking in.  What a great experience for me!!!
Anyway, we watched the birds for a long time until they disappeared.  We didn't get any other opportunities, but we are hitting it again tomorrow morning.  I hope I can find her a nice tom, to reward her for being the person she is right now and for the person she is becoming.
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Good times with my kids
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:14:59 AM »
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 07:21:00 AM »
that's awesome, Blocko!  Kids sometimes have the knack to say the right thing at the right time, and they can absolutely floor you.  Grandkids have the same ability, as I have found out.
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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 08:04:45 AM »

That is a great read!

good luck on getting that Tom !

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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012, 08:18:53 AM »
sounds like a great time. my daughter was the same way until 3 jakes came in. then she wanted to shoot one. i let her shoot whatever she wants as long as it's legal. at some point she may be able to hold off like your daughter, but for now just about everything is fair game.

nice work blocko
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Offline ligpd

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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012, 11:45:13 AM »
Great story. You should be very proud of her. I have found with my kids they do hear you a lot, but they only remember what they want to remember.

Good luck with getting her and her sister a big ol tom.

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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 11:59:50 AM »
That was a great time.....thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 01:00:07 PM »
You're obviously raising them to understand the outdoors and nature, Blocko.    A great gift.     She did the right thing and I hope the next gobbler she sees is a really big one.     Kudos to her, and to you for teaching them the right way to do things.
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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 08:58:50 AM »
Sounds like one great kid.

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Re: Good times with my kids
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012, 10:04:01 AM »
Great story brother! Just goes to show why a parent can never give up and just keep on saying the things you know and believe DOES get heard. Hope things work out for you on the 2nd day. Good Luck!
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