Turning the calendar to a new year is an opportune time to put our thoughts into action. We’re all guilty of generating noble ideas, but we’re equally guilty of not executing those ideas. We allow the everyday hustle and bustle of life to keep us from fulfilling our best of intentions. Well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It’s time to take ownership and take action.
My resolution began last summer when I finally became a certified hunter education instructor. This was something I always thought would be cool to do as a way to give back to the outdoors by introducing the next generation of hunters to this fulfilling lifestyle. My uncle was the instructor who taught the class I attended many seasons ago, and in 2017 I’ll be the instructor teaching my own children.
I’m equally excited about creating opportunities for those in my community who’ve approached me with a curiosity to learn more about hunting. Mothers, sons, fathers and daughters. People from many different walks of life have talked to me about their interest in connecting with nature, procuring their own food and spending quality time with family and friends. It’s my turn to pass on my passion.
My short-term resolution is to teach at least two hunter education courses in 2017. My big picture resolution is to constantly demonstrate the positive impact that hunters make in our society, economy and environment. Doing so creates a favorable impression on those around us who may not hunt, but can certainly cast a vote. That’s a resolution I hope every sportsman and woman adopts.