A Day To Remember

By Tom Cwynar | February 2, 2002
From Missouri Conservationist: Feb 2002

To a kid, going fishing or hunting ranks high above ordinary and everyday events. Other childhood memories may trickle away through time, but people usually remember their early outdoor adventures.

The outdoors has many lures; you can't predict which ones will stick in memory. You may never forget the first time Grandpa let you steer his boat, or the sudden apparition of a gobbler. Your first contact-tiny fingertip pressing into the cool glistening flank of a quivering fish-can etch itself permanently into your memory. So can the emotions that flow when you feel the still-warm body of a deer or the fluffy down of a mallard you've just shot.

Some outdoor memories seem like whoppers. Can bluegill really grow bigger than footballs? Did the buck really have 14 points? The stories may be embellished, but the constant retelling of them reveals that the child-who may now be an adult-fully enjoyed the experience.

Outdoor time spent together builds love and trust in families. It's a chance for a child to test adulthood and for an adult to feel like a child. Take your kids fishing or hunting and share your and their happiness and excitement.

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer