My wife and I encourage our sons to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible. Hiking, hunting, fishing, shooting, camping and riding dirt bikes are some of their favorite outdoor pastimes.
By encouraging these hobbies and teaching our boys to love the outdoors, we are showing them that there are much more purposeful ways to spend their lives than standing on street corners, doing drugs, stealing, and so on.
By functioning with their family, as so many outdoor families do, children are instilled with higher family values. Hunting and shooting sports teach children to respect firearms, the outdoors and all forms of life.
Contrary to the beliefs of the DeCicco family and people like them, hunting is not just killing. It is, however, about the pursuit and harvest of wildlife for human consumption and one of the best tools of conservation.
Families that hunt and fish not only finance a majority of federal conservation efforts but also take a front row seat in helping to keep populations balanced.
In a time where dysfunctional families are a majority, negative gun issues and youth-related shootings are all around us. By the education and encouragement my boys and so many other children around the Rim country receive in the outdoors, I feel much more safe sending these kids to school each day. Seeing young people in the news in a positive firearm relation is much better than reading about another Columbine High School.
I would like to congratulate my son, Colton Boulanger, on a successful 1999 hunting season. He started out the spring with his first javelina and in the fall he harvested his first cow elk and first mule deer. Good job little man.
Gino Wullkotte, Strawberry