To me hunting is a way of life that God has blessed me with to enjoy. It is not only the hunt but also the journey from beginning to end. Hunting has instilled values in me that I hope and pray I can pass on to my son and any other eager person that I get to take along with me. The words God, family, friendship, and growth stick in my mind when I hear hunting. God, the one and only creator, is whom I give thanks to each and every time I make my way into the woods. I cannot thank him enough for the times and memories I have had in the woods. Hunting has proven time and time again the place I can always go besides church that I can have my time praying and getting away from everyday life. It’s always the time I can get things off my mind. I give thanks to our creator for it would not be possible without him.
Through family I have memories and experiences that I will never forget with both of my grandfathers. One was a hunter and the other was a fisherman. Both of them have gone to heaven. However, anytime I draw back my bow or with each cast of the fishing line I know they are right there with me in spirit. The memories I gained with them are ones I cherish. Memories like these are what I look forward to have with my son when he is old enough to be in the outdoors. Hunting and fishing to me are both family sports, which I would encourage any father or mother to try to get outdoors and try. I have even experienced making hunting memories with my wonderful wife and they are ones I will never forget. Hunting has brought me so many new friends. The friendships that I have gained are solid and I know for a lifetime. I am immensely blessed. There is something to be said about hunting with friend. You know they are always there and would help anytime. Often times, the best times can be enjoyed around the campfire, in hunting camp, friendships develop and are forever. Lastly, in hunting there is growth. Not just growing the size of your trophy room, but growth as a person. Each day you hunt is a different experience that will never be replicated. Through each trip, each food plot planted, and even leaving empty handed I love the fact that you still gain something. You learn patience, work ethic, and you have the chance to grow closer to God and his creation. This is what hunting means to me and why I love it. I look forward to what the future brings for me and for Appalachian Range. There is no telling what time brings and I love it! God Bless!