All across the world, consumers are spending less money on buying things and more on doing things instead. Known as the “experience economy” it is a reaction to political and economic uncertainty around the future and can be seen in every aspect of our lives.
However, not all experiences are equal. Whether your family already has a tradition of hunting or you plan to start one yourself, taking a family trip when your children are finally old enough to accompany the adults on a hunting adventure represents a golden opportunity to create strong bonds that will last a lifetime. Read on for tips on how to make the most of it.
Make sure you know the basics
Unless you are an extremely experienced hunter, it’s a good idea to undertake a state-certified hunter education course to ensure you can hunt both safely and ethically. Even if you have been hunting for some time, you may benefit from taking a refresher course to ensure your knowledge is fully up to date. The more skills and information you have in your possession, the more you will be able to pass on to other members of your family.
Easing in gently
As a gentle introduction to a bigger trip, consider joining in with a National Hunting and Fishing Day event. Not only will this provide you with a chance to hone your skills, but you will also gather valuable information about the traditions behind hunting and the many benefits they bring to the environment. As with the hunter education course, you could do this alone and pass the information you get on to the rest of your family, or you could all attend the event together to start the bonding early.
For all the family
While hunting might once have been seen as a male-dominated activity, this is changing. For example, the number of women and girls seeking hunting licenses in York County has more than doubled in the past decade.
Time spent hunting is quality time bolstered by the long hours of silence, the beauty of the surroundings and the lack of distractions such as cell phones and social media alerts. Watching the world wake up and seeing it go back to sleep again allows every member of the family to better connect with nature and, in doing so, better connect with one another, regardless of gender.
When hunting, you need to ensure that everyone in your family is as safe as possible. Equip you and your kids with hunting camo clothing from specialist suppliers such as SKRE. If you’re also going to go camping, then pack camping essentials like tents and plenty of food; also, for those families who are going to hike, the right footwear is vital, as are plasters and a fully stocked first aid kit.
Whenever possible, ensure the purchase of equipment related to your trip is done collectively so that every member of the family has the opportunity to have their voice heard, letting them feel as if they are as much a part of the trip as anyone else.