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Hunting as a Family Tradition

Ashlee Campbell

February 02, 2019

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“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”

-Fred Bear

Hunting was always an important piece of my childhood.

I can still picture it today, I would sit on my parent’s bedroom floor watching my dad pack up his hunting clothes, gear, and guns. I would assist by counting ammo for him or checking to be sure that the guns he wasn’t taking were still locked up in the gun safe when he left. I was mesmerized by these tasks. I wondered what it would be like out there in the forest, how far would he walk, what he actually does out there.

As I got older, my father introduced me to hunting safety courses and range shooting so that I would feel more comfortable handling firearms. As I got closer to the end of high school I became much more involved in hunting. I learned quickly that men can often be intimidated by female hunters, that proved tough at the age of 16. I didn’t understand why I had to go through these hardships, I can do anything they can do so what’s the big deal? I just wanted to be a hunter, not a women hunter. If anything, this motivated me to be better and do more. Hunting had so much meaning for me that I wasn’t quitting.

Fast forward 16 years to my now life, I am a hunter, competitive bow shooter, wife and mother – all labels I gladly wear.

When I met my husband he was unfamiliar with hunting so I was able to introduce him to a new sport early on in our relationship and boy, did he love it. With my children, I practiced the same habit my father did. While young they sat with me while we packed up our belongings, made sure the gun safes were locked up and waved goodbye as we took off. As they got older, training and safety were imperative. They loved the experience of being together and learning just as I did. I made sure that they understood that this is everyone’s sport, male or female. Hunting is not just for one person but for all who are willing to take on the challenge.

Through my children’s life, hunting was not just a hobby but a value. They valued the time we all could spend together without electronics and cherished the memories of each hunt. Having a family tradition such as hunting can be hard to find. I like to think of it more as a family heirloom. For our family, hunting has become an in-tangible heirloom that is being passed from generation to generation. It’s more than just the sometimes-expensive rifles or other values that are in our safe. There are things far more valuable than that and those values that come along with our tradition is what I’m really looking forward to passing down in our family. I look to forward to my children gifting this heirloom to their children and then their children after that.

-L., A Lifetime Stack-On Customer Thanks to My Dad