This week on Americana Outdoors, it’s all about the joys of passing on the love for the outdoors to our children! From seeing their faces light up in awe when they catch their first fish, to witnessing the pride they feel when they bring home their very first buck, introducing kids to the great outdoors is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have!
One of our favorite ways to introduce kids to the outdoors is by participating in the annual Haley’s Heroes C.A.S.T. For Kids Fishing event and Banquet! The mission of the C.A.S.T. For Kids foundation is to, “enrich the lives of children with special needs, support their families, and strengthen communities through the sport of fishing.” When kids join a C.A.S.T. For Kids day of fishing, they have the opportunity to get a break from their daily challenges and hear positive messages that they can accomplish anything they want despite their disabilities. C.A.S.T. For Kids is an incredible organization that has enriched the lives of special needs kids and their families for the last thirty years by hosting events such as these, and without support from volunteers and people dedicated to having an impact on these kids’ lives, these events couldn’t happen. If you’d like to find out more about how to become a volunteer, or set up a C.A.S.T. for Kids event in your area, visit castforkids.org.
Next up, another way that we love to introduce kids to the outdoors is by taking them hunting. Here at deer camp, our philosophy for getting kids introduced to hunting is to let them harvest a doe during their first hunt, and then allow them to hunt a buck in their next trip as they advance through their hunting journey. Joining us next are Steve Lovell and his son, Isaac, who has returned to deer camp with the hopes of harvesting his first whitetail buck! Before heading out to the field, Isaac first spends some time learning how to use the TenPoint Havoc RS440 Crossbow fitted with a Garmin Xero® X1i crossbow scope he’ll be using for his hunt. Once he’s out in the field, it’s only a matter of time before some nice looking bucks make an appearance, and it’s up to Isaac to do the rest!
As we round out this episode, we’re taking a look at one of our favorite times of the year at deer camp, it’s the annual youth hunt! Landon Nessl has been a mainstay at our youth hunts in the past and this year he’s taking a step back to let his best friend, Walker, have a chance to get on the gun. As usual with kids in camp, Walker and Landon take some time to get their guns sighted in at the range, and then it’s time to get hunting! Over the course of Walker’s hunt, we’ll see an incredible display of the patience and determination that hunters learn over their hunting journey, along with a good dose of buck fever. After making the difficult decision to pass on a couple bucks that would be considered great firsts, Walker finally sets his sights on an even more impressive buck than the first few he laid eyes on. Will he be able to bring this big guy home and talk about him for years to come? Tune in and find out!