Are you doing your share to ensure the future of our hunting heritage? I'm lucky. Every day I have the opportunity to blog, write, photograph or film a message to support the heritage of hunting. Many of you have jobs and careers that don't provide that luxury, but don't overlook small windows of opportunity.
I've written repeatedly about taking an interested neighbor kid along to the range … with parental approval, of course. I've also written about the great benefits of 4-H shooting sports for youth. You can even excite a co-worker by bringing some venison jerky to work or inviting them out to the range for a day of trap shooting.
The other day I was asked to do an archery presentation for several groups of girls attending a local American Heritage Girls camp. Girls from age 7 to seniors in high school were in attendance, and one of the activities was archery.
My part was to introduce them to the sport with a focus on background and safety. Shooting was going to take place a day or two later, but I brought my old recurve and my new Mathews Z7 Xtreme Tactical for comparison. I even shot into my Block target, showing the girls the difference in penetration from a traditional bow compared to a modern compound.
Lastly, I introduced the girls to the recreational aspect of archery, whether it is competitive target archery or the sport of bowhunting. Did I excite or convert any girls into archers? Only time will tell, but several of the girls and attending adults asked more question about the 4-H shooting sports program … and that's a great start no matter how you look at it.