I grew up around hunting. At age 10, my father introduced me to pheasant hunting which built some very vivid memories while living in Iowa for 5 years. Some 35 years later, I now have sons of my own. My career brought me to Florida 8 years ago, and as you can imagine, I can’t easily show my boys the opportunities I had when I was younger.
I brought my family back to Oklahoma this past year for Thanksgiving and was pleasantly surprised when my father told me that he had booked a hunting trip with Show Me Birds. My oldest, Aidan, age 11, has been hounding me to go hunting for 2 years, but I kept putting it off due to the fact that hunting here isn’t what I was brought up with. Aidan received his first shotgun on his 10th birthday so I took him to the range. He shot his first round and, with tears in his eyes, gave the gun back. He mustered the courage to shoot again a short time later, and overcame his fear, but never got the real feeling of shooting.
He was excited when I told him we were going hunting, but I could tell he had a few reservations. We arrived at Show Me Birds early and spent time touring the clubhouse and building up everything that was about to happen. He was very eager.
Once we made our way to the Pheasant Fury range, his emotions took over. He ended up in tears at the line, completely out of his element. Grandpa stepped in to reassure and then a member of your staff offered him more assurance. He finally started shooting. He shot one of the first targets he saw and was hooked. In the first group, everyone had already run through his or her allotted shells, but he wasn’t done. Your crew allowed him to continue to fire solo. I lost count of how many targets he hit, but each one was followed by applause from the group. A few members of the staff also stepped in and commented on how well he shot. I will never forget the smile on his face and the look of confidence he showed as we walked back to the clubhouse for lunch.
Once in the field, he never hesitated. Every bird that came close, he shot at. At the end of the day, I can confirm he shot at least 6 birds. He claims 12, but I think it may be closer to 9. Doesn’t matter. He made some friends with the dog handlers, who were all nothing less than great, laughed at all of the commentary during the shoot, which by itself, was hilarious, and built a lifetime of memories which we will never forget.
I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to build these memories for my son, for me, and for my father (Grandpa). I couldn’t ask for a better experience.
P.S. I have another son who should be ready by next year or the year after. Looking forward to his introduction at Show Me Birds.