The truth of it is that I thought Andrew would get as much out of teaching me as I’d get out of learning, and that’s exactly how it played out. I passed the local Hunter Education class, probably the only 48-year-old who took it, and got a rifle—a Remington Model 700 in .30/06 that Andrew helped me pick out. He also guided me through the other gear I'd need: a scope, sling, bipod, ammunition, and binocular. I spent a good bit of time over the summer with that rifle, and learned how to shoot pretty well. Andrew was busy with his job and his kids, so he didn't get a chance to teach me about shooting as much as either of us would have liked, but as it got closer to hunting season, we spent more time together at the range, and I think Andrew was happy when he saw I was a pretty good shot, and safe with the gun.