First Target - Hog
If no one objects - I would like to keep a running thread going here of our VERY first hunting trip, not only as a family, but for Cheri and Cale, their first hunt ever! So without further adieu:
Saturday May 3, 2008
We spoke to 4D Outfitters yesterday, and scheduled our hunt with Tina. She is awesome on the phone and was very helpful. We got the Stimulus Payment from the IRS, and it was ear-marked for Nate so... we jumped on-line and this morning we made the arragements.
Dropped a decent amount and paid it in full. I can not tell you how happy that made me! There was a period of time where I thought this just wouldn't happen, but somehow all the pieces have fallen together... and danged if it isn't going to go!
The next order of business was to call Great White Hunter (Kevin) and tell him the good news. If you are new to this forum and haven't yet had the good fortune to speak with him, make it a priority to. He's a great person and always willing to share what he knows. We made arrangements to meet up at some point and he is going to introduce us to some Texas Bar-B-Que. I can't wait!
Cale doesn't know yet that we have paid for the trip, and let me tell you...
I can't tell if I am more excited to see his face or actually go. This kid has turned himself around in the last 5 months, and is growing into quite a disciplined young man. He is definitely not the same kid he was 2 years ago.
Poor Becca... she got her bow in March, but it is a small bow and I seriously doubt it would even register on a chronometer. She understands that she's not strong enough to pull 35 lbs yet, but it's still tough on her to miss out.
They way I see it... this will give her a goal. She's decided she wants to hunt, and she ABSOLUTELY idolizes Vicki. So she can work real hard become more and more accurate with her bow, and when the time comes... she and I will head out to 4D on our own and she can be baptized! (forgive the phrase)
So... that being said... We're off to Sportmans Warehouse to find some VERY light camo gear, and then begin the heavy planning!
I want to thank EVERYONE that has been so generous with their advice, time, and understanding. The list is long and spans the country. Without you all, this would still be just an idea tossed about like so many others Cheri and Cale have had to walk away from. It means the world to us that you are in our lives.
Next update as needed! :D
You are too kind my friend...to kind. I'm looking forward to visiting with ya'll! We'll hang out at Nate's. I'll either help guide ya' some or maybe hunt with ya'll...we'll see.
Finally got Nate over here!:D
Looking forward for the continuation of your thread/diary here buddy.:cool:
What about letting Becca shoot one with a crossbow or gun, just so she doesn't miss out on the fun? She can still have a goal set to shoot one with a bow once she can draw it...
Just an idea to get the WHOLE family involved.
If you don't have one, I'm sure SOMEONE would be willing to loan her a suitable weapon. I bet a .243 would take out a hog if restraint was used to keep the shot under 100 yards.
Yeah I thought about that too, but looking at what the idea... just the idea mind you... has done for her brother, I think its better for her to go through it this way.
1) It'll give her the idea that if she really wants something... earning it through various methods really isn't that bad.
2) It'll give me an excuse to so something with just us. She digs that kinda stuff and I look good! :D Cheezy I know... but with step kids this age you take whatever comes down the pike!
So... I don't want to come across like I am sumarily dismissing the idea, because I'm not... and I would love to have 4 of us go... but I had to earn mine by going to work everyday and doing my job. Same for Cheri and Cale. To just give her this would defeat the purpose and re-enforce a lot of stuff I've been combating for over 3 years now.
Hey Rick, between you and I, we have a .243 that we loan out. Think it over but we can try to get her on a meat hog at no further charge. It's stricktly up to you but the offer is there.
Cheri and I talked it over, and we both think that if she earns this, it'll mean much more.
Thank you VERY MUCH for the kind offer, and generous to boot. We've almost started plans for next time with just she and I tho.
Plus you're gonna have your hands full with Cheri as it is.... :D :D :D
No problem Rick, just thought I would throw that in. In all actuality, we really love the 1st timers. It is a joy for us to see someone new to hunting score on their 1st hog.
This little swettie, came to us and had never fired a gun in her life. I gave her a 30 minute crash course in shot placement and gun handling right down to how to pull the trigger. She hunted with her friend who is a very experienced hunter.
I believe the smile on her face says it all and this is one hunt that I will never forget. When we got back to the shop area, she was calling all of her friends and talking about deer hunting later this year. You can't put a price tag on that, and the 4D ranch was part of it.
see... that's awesome! and that's exactly what I want for becca... but it's not time yet. I guarantee you this though... when it is her turn, 4D is the place we're going. bet the ranch on it. : )
there's more to it than I can put down here and I wish I could go into it... but it'll have to wait til we can talk face to face. I do appreciate the offer and it just confirms that your place is the place we need to be. You rock!
on a seperate note... expect a message from a neighbor to the north in wyoming. he's all kinda ready to go!
Your fixin to make some more friends buddy!:D
Don't forget the BBQ brisket, sausage, and jalapeno beans!
Nate makes some pretty tasty treats to - a lot with hog meat - you're gonna love it!
Yeah but I'm stayin far away from the "Magic Powder"! I don't want to be stuck against a tree!
Sorry if you read this preacher!
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