For many families, hunting is a tradition passed down from generation to generation. An enjoyable way to spend time together in the outdoors, hunting also offers opportunities to teach your children about nature and the relationship we humans share with wildlife. If you are interested in passing down your skillset to your children, it is important to make hunting a memorable and positive experience for them from the beginning. Instead of focusing on the kill, make hunting a family affair that focuses on time spent together and the opportunity to learn more about and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Make hunting an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your child, preparing equipment, packing, cleaning your weapons and just talking together. While there may be nothing you enjoy more than sitting in your tree stand on a quiet morning, you will quickly learn that the drive up to your favorite hunting spot and your evening meals are the most exciting parts of the day when you are hunting with your kids. When you’re getting ready for your first hunting trip together, take time to teach your family about the supplies you are packing and why you’re packing them. Tell them stories from when you were a kid and make this an enjoyable experience that they will be able to pass on to their own children someday.
Although you are used to spending a day in a tree stand, your new hunting partner isn’t. Pay attention to your child’s mood, making sure they are warm and comfortable while you are out. Cut your days shorter and take some time for bathroom breaks and snacks. You may not see as much game, but your children will have a much better time and will be more interested in going out with you again if you use this strategy.
The fun isn’t over after a successful hunt. Another great way to make hunting a family experience is to cook a meal together out of the meat you harvested. Whether you love to make steaks, burgers or stew, share your favorite recipe with your kids and let them help out with the cooking. They will be proud to share their catch with the rest of your family and will love sharing your recipe with a family of their own in the years to come.
As your family grows older and more experienced, Lawrence Bay Lodge is the perfect place to visit for a moose hunt. Enjoy all that the Saskatchewan has to offer, taking in the beauty of the land and making new memories together near Reindeer Lake. To learn more about our guided hunting excursions or you book a trip, visit us online or give us a call at 701-262-4560. We look forward to spending some time with your family on Reindeer Lake!