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That was a nice turkey but I have shot bigger not really i have shot smaller. does that count?
I couldn't agree more. Shooting a bolt-action .22 rifle is also a great way to start a child. James never developed any bad shooting habits with his rifle. Minimal recoil and no loud boom after the shot is key. Many kids will jerk and flinch with a .410 shotgun, which can be a hard habit to break. My son is a sharpshooter thanks to his introduction to squirrel hunting.
Congrats on the awesome season James. Those are some truly nice trophies. Hope that your success continues.
You are very right Travis squirrel hunting is ground floor for learning so much about the hunt. You do not get 118 head shot squirrels by accident. That is unadulterated skill. Those skills will be applicable to many future hunts. I like you encourage the mentors of young hunters to pursue small game. A deer stand can be a boring place for some youngsters who are more suited to action.
TRAVIS AND JAMES: I WAS ADDING ANOTHER COMMENT AND IT WAS DELETED. WE JUST WANTED TO SAY, JAMES, YOU HAVE MADE A LOT OF GROWN MEN CRY WITH YOUR UNBELIEVABLE SEASON AND TRAVIS, YOU IN THE PRIDE OF YOUR SON AND BLESSED MEMORIES OF THIS TIME SPENT TOGETHER WITH FAMILY. YOUR MEMORIES AND THE LOVED ONES YOU SHARED THIS WITH ARE YOUR MOST VALUABLE TROPHIES OF ALL. WE ARE SURE YOU HAD AN EXCELLENT TEACHER, JAMES! TRAVIS, YOU MUST HAVE ONE OF THE FINEST, MATURE, SON'S/STUDENT WHO OBVIOUSLY IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO BEING A GREAT MAN. THANK YOU, TRAVIS AND TONYA, FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL ASSET TO OUR TROUBLED WORLD. SINCERELY, KAREN AND LYNN HENSLEY
TRAVIS AND JAMES: WOW, WHAT AN ABSOLUTE GREAT STORY FROM BOTH OF YOU - JAMES' GREAT SEASON AND TRAVIS' WONDERFUL STORY! YES, YOU ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOUR SON, FATHER AND PAPAW (IN SPIRIT) TO HAVE SHARED THIS "SUPER SEASON". NO PRICE TAG OR MONEY COULD EVER COMPARE TO THESE EXPERIENCES. AS PARENTS, LYNN AND I, COULD UNDERSTAND AND FEEL YOUR EXCITEMENT FOR YOUR SON AND THE SEASON. THIS IS SO VERY HEART WARMING TO READ. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SHARE IN THIS VERY SPECIAL SEASON WITH YOUR FAMILY. WE FEEL HONORED. CONGRATULATIONS, JAMES!!!! YOU HAVE SOME MEMORIES AND TROPHIES FROM THIS YEAR THAT WILL BRING YOU SO MUCH PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS TO LAST YOUR LIFETIME. HANG ON TO BOTH. SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES OF OUR SON, TYSON, WAS FISHING WITH LYNN AND ME (SOMETIMES JUST ME AND TYSON WHEN DAD WORKED) AND WATCHING THE TWO OF THEM OFF ON A DEER HUNTING TRIP AND HEARING THEIR STORIES(MANY TIMES)AND SEEING THEIR TROPHIES ON RETURN. YOUR FAMILY IS SO BLESSED AND APPEARS VERY HAPPY. THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING TO SEE! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND ALL YOUR FUTURE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. KAREN AND LYNN HENSLEY
I also think my grandfather was smiling down on James throughout his unbelievable season. The last buck in this series of pictures was the one I was telling you about on earlier posts. The deer and longbeards are impressive, but the 118 squirrels is what should really turn some heads. Squirrel hunting is the foundation for building a good hunter. It's sad that more young hunters are not introduced to this inexpensive and fun learning technique. Squirrel hunting is how I got my start in the woods and I still love busting bushy tails.
Your grandfather is surely smiling down as he sees 2 generations following in his footsteps. Makes a man proud indeed.
What a great story! It is awesome to see a young hunter have that much success, so early in their outdoor life. Although, didn't we all know he would have this kind of success. I know he has been taught by a couple of guys I would love to hunt with. Great job James.
Im not sure about the rest of you guys, but im ready for some bass fishing!!! Been itching to go for a little while, time to get the reels and lures fine tuned!
Travis, I have been out once, been trying to jumble school, work and other things around... Some of my buddies have found quite a few, I will keep you posted buddy.
It's not the big bucks or the longbeards that makes me proud of my son (although those things are great). I am extremely proud of the love and passion he has developed for the outdoors. James is crazy about hunting and fishing period. Most of his friends are consumed by X-box video games, I-Pods, and texting.
However, James is much more interested in trail-cams, treestands, hunting calls, bass lures, The Outdoor Channel, and Outdoor Life magazines/website. We share a common love for the Outdoors and that's what makes me smile.
Thanks for the kind comments. Have you been out shed hunting yet? I am going to start looking next week. Season is never really over for a diehard deer hunter. Shed hunting and post-season scouting can payoff big. Keep me posted on what you're seeing up your way.
As a father myself I can only imagine how proud you are of your son, what an awesome season. Harvesting what James did is truely unbelieveable and much of that can be attributed to the time spent in the woods with you and your family. Congrats James and keep that hunting tradition alive.
Travis, there is nothing wrong with being proud of raising a fine young man. What a great season for both of you. Congratulations.
James, congratulations on a heck of a hunting season! It is quite remarkable that you are able to aquire so much success as hunter at such a young age! "Like father like son" is how the old saying goes and it is evident with you and your dad, not only has he taught you how to rip the nets with a sweet jump shot but he has took the time to teach you the finer things in life like hunting. A special thanks to Travis for being a great role model in my life and a genuine dad for James!!!
What a great story Travis. I am deeply sorry to hear about your grandfather, sounds like an awesome guy. Congratulations to James, what an outstanding young man and I hope he has the luck he did this year in many years to come. Same goes to you Travis, once again an amazing story!
It's about impossible for me to look at these pictures without smiling. I would not trade the time we have shared in the woods and on the water for all the money in the world. Up until last year, my grandfather, father, and son James spent every possible minute in the outdoors. My grandfather recently passed away and all of our lives changed. I still find myself fighting the urge to call him on the phone or drive by his house after a successful hunt. My grandfather always wanted to see every deer or turkey we tagged and hear the story about the hunt.
Even when he couldn't go with us - it felt like he was still there. James even said that it felt like his great grandfather was with him after he shot his second buck from one of our old favorite spots we used to hunt together. I am just glad James had the opportunity to spend time in the woods with his great grandfather. I am also thankful for everything that my grandfather and father passed on to me about the outdoors. We miss you papaw everytime we hear a longbeard gobble or see a fresh rub on an October tree.
having great times with your kids while there young is special in the woods and all their other interest.because they grow up to fast and being proud is not a bad thing!
WOW...awesome story!!! Congratulations to James on an outstanding fall season...very impressive for any hunter, but especially for such a young man!! I look forward to being able to take my son hunting with me one day...there is nothing like spending time in the outdoors...GREAT STORY!!!!
Congratulations James on one heck of a fall season. Let me also say, congratulations to you Travis...seems that you have raised a fine young man. The bond that the outdoors builds between family members is amazing. Keep up the great work!!!
Looks like time well spent.
It is a wonderful thing to watch the next generation pick up the baton and run with it. Outstanding to see. Congratulations to the hunter and to the mentor. JOB WELL DONE!
It all started with the spring turkey season across the rugged mountain country of southeastern Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee.
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