It was once said that a family who hunts together typically stays together. Recently, I spoke with Dave Forbes, owner of Hunter’s Specialties and he was telling me about a very special hunt that took place this past gun season that proves this point. Dave Forbes is very fortunate to have the opportunity to hunt all across the nation, but his favorite hunting spot would have to be his farm in Missouri, where Forbes field-tests a lot of the H.S. products long before they hit the stores. The property is strictly managed for whitetails and turkeys and Forbes has put a great deal of time and work in managing his farm.Afamilyaffiar_2

Forbes loves hunting his property in the fall with his family and it allows him to escape a very demanding schedule. In fact, the Forbes family is extremely close and tries to spend every moment they can together in the woods. This past deer season, Dave along with his wife Carman, granddaughter Morgan Michels, and son-in-law Tony Michels were all able to drop the hammer on some nice Missouri bucks. This hunt was extremely special because this was the Forbes’s granddaughter Morgan Michels’s very first deer hunt. Morgan is only eight-years old and you can bet this hunting experience will stay with her for the rest of her life.

What makes this hunt even more unique is the fact that each family member was able to tag out together. Carman Forbes, co-owner of H.S. and longtime hunter, dropped her buck with a T.C. 270 and her son-in-law Tony Michaels took his buck with a .270 as well. Dave Forbes concluded his hunt with a nice top-heavy Missouri buck and commented that he would not have traded this hunt for anything in the world.

“I was very proud of my granddaughter and impressed that she was able to fight her nerves and make the shot on her first buck,” says Forbes.

As a deer hunter, I understand exactly where Dave is coming from as I’m sure all of you do as well. It’s good to see families spending time in the woods together creating strong bonds and memories that will last a lifetime. This is what deer hunting is all about and it is also the part that anti-hunters will sadly never understand. Congratulations to the Forbes family on an outstanding hunt. Can’t wait to hear what happens when you hit the woods again this fall.

—Travis Faulkner