I BET SOME OF YOUR BEST HUNTING AND FISHING
memories come from the very beginning. It’s true for me. I can recall every detail about the first deer I killed. I remember how that morning smelled—like spilled hot chocolate and burnt gunpowder. My 20th deer? Not so much.
Now, if you read this magazine regularly, you know about the decline in hunter numbers, and how it’s critical for us to recruit new people in order to preserve the future of our sport and fund the conservation of wild places. But these stories aren’t about that. These are about those firsts.
Memories are as close as you’ll get to your own first few magical seasons, but now as a veteran sportsman or -woman, you can recreate that same excitement, surprise, and joy for someone else.
When you recruit someone new into hunting and fishing, it’s no longer just another deer or another fish. It’s the deer. It’s the fish. It’s a life-changing moment. It’s why you fell in love with hunting and fishing in the first place.
But it’s not easy. We’re not teaching someone how to play tennis. We’re talking about immersing someone in a deep, nuanced passion that could define how they view the natural world around them. We’ve compiled stories about our own successes and failures in converting new hunters and anglers, plus a list of tips, tactics, and ideas on how to be a better mentor. Read on, and then grab a new hunting and fishing buddy and hit the field. It’s work, but damn good work. We promise it’ll be some of the most fun you have outdoors all year.