It was “one of those days”. The wind shifted five times, throwing the bass into something of a tizzy. Those poor fish did not know whether to eat, or sleep. The bite was slow to say the least.
It was going to be a great morning. I was sharing the boat with a sage character. Don Day was in the boat. His booming voice was a staple at WLWI for years. Don grew up fishing and hunting around Lake Seminole. He got into broadcasting before he joined the Navy. Don’s voice was even on the ship’s radio station as well. He was also the “voice” of the Bassmaster’s Classic for over 20-years. He now hosts a local fishing show “Venture Outdoors”. Don also emcees the Lady Bass Angler tournaments.
We began to talk about our children and our grandchildren. He was proud to share that his grandson just bagged his first deer. He was so happy that the boy’s father took him hunting. We both concluded that boys grow up to be better men, when they grow up outdoors. Providing meat for our family is a base instinct that is essential to becoming a man.
The occasional bass would strike our Road Runner and interrupt the conversation. This jogged a memory of a speech by Dr. Randall Eaton based on his book “From boys to men of heart; Hunting as a rite of passage”. He spoke of how hunting and fishing connects children with nature, teaches the value of life, and opens their hearts to their family.
Of course, we all know that outdoorsmen and women are the best conservationists. They contribute 4.7-million dollars to conservation every day. Raising better children is another benefit.
Would a fishing or hunting trip with your child during the Christmas break be a wonderful gift? You can bet on it.
Who knows? You may become a sage character yourself.