My father used to hunt when he was a kid. My grandfather was an avid shooter, both in competition (CMP High Power M1 Garand) and as a hunter. He passed away before I had a chance to know him. My mother was so anti-gun I wasn’t allowed to have squirt guns growing up. Since I started shooting, my father has started sharing hunting stories from his youth. But I get the feeling that he tries to keep the best ones tucked away so as not to annoy my mother. And so a family tradition of hunting abruptly ended before I came along . . .
I’m now in my mid-twenties. I’ve only shot paper targets. Not because I don’t want to go hunting. I do. But I’ve never had someone to teach me the ropes. With target shooting there are set facilities where you go and practice. The learning curve is nice and gentle. Hunting seems to have a much steeper learning curve and hunter education classes apper to stop short of teaching you the tricks of the trade.
What I needed was a guide, someone to help me figure out what I needed and how to get out there and make those first kills. I needed Tyler Kee.
Tyler has graciously invited me down to Texas to stay at his ranch and teach me how to hunt, and The Boss (RF) has taken care of the logistics. I’ll be flying down to Texas in December to take my first shots at a live target and I’ll be blogging about the entire experience, starting (this week) with hunter education courses and firearms choice. Hopefully my experience will help some of you who have been on the fence about hunting to get started, and it will give us one more person on staff who can post articles about hunting.