Outdoor Life - - THE LIFE -

I en­joyed OL’S Feb./mar. cover fea­ture, “How to Make a Hunter,” specif­i­cally the ar­ti­cle “Late to the Game.” As a 43-year-old, I, too, have ben­e­fited from a hunter’s need to pass on his love of hunt­ing. I had big plans to learn, but as time went on, I found my­self jug­gling two jobs and three daugh­ters. Sim­i­lar to the au­thor’s ex­pe­ri­ence with Andrew Mck­ean, my good friend Jim has been a gra­cious men­tor, teach­ing me about deer hunt­ing. He in­tro­duced me to lo­cal hunters, brought me to his rod and gun club, and taught me to dress and butcher deer. We en­joy swap­ping sto­ries and scout­ing to­gether, and I feel a greater con­nec­tion to my land and a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for my friend. I’m hooked. Thanks for the ar­ti­cle, and the en­cour­age­ment to find a men­tor even if you’re no longer a young buck.

Darin Haig Mill­bury, MA

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