During this time of year, it may be difficult to get your young one out hunting or fishing, especially in the northern states. With many seasons coming to end, “cabin fever” can set in quickly for you and your children.
One great cure for “cabin fever” is to attend a hunting, fishing or outdoor show or expo. There are many outdoor shows during this time of year and you should be able to find one at a location near you. Many times the children are left at home when dad goes to the hunting or fishing show. However, you may be losing a great opportunity if you leave your children at home.
Build Excitement for the Outdoors
When young hunters and anglers enter a hunting or fishing show for the first time, the sites and sounds can leave them awestruck. There is no better way to get a child excited about these wonderful outdoor activities than to allow them to see and experience all of the sights an outdoor show holds. Whether it is looking at the newest bassboats or the wall of trophy mounts, your children will be in awe as they explore the show.
Teach Them as You Visit the Show
As you walk through the show, introduce and teach your child about all of the wonderful things you see at the show. Show them the latest equipment and tell them what the different things they see are used for. Most shows have informative seminars that you and your child can attend. These expert talks are a great way to introduce your child to all of the things they will someday need to know.
Let Them Ask Questions
Nothing is better than hearing a young hunter or angler ask questions about the wonderful pasttimes we love. Encourage your child to ask you and others questions as you walk around the show. Although these numerous questions can sometimes get the best of you, remember, they can only learn by getting their questions answered.
This is a great time to pass on your knowledge to your child. If you need a break from answering the many questions being asked, encourage them to ask others. Most exhibitors at these shows welcome the opportunity to answer questions from enthusiastic children.
Create the Dream
These shows are a wonderful place to create that dream in your child’s mind. The many camps and outfitters with their numerous pictures of giant trophies, will stir the imagination of your child and build dreams of what they may want to do in the future.
Whether it is a fly in camp where you can catch monster northern pike or a hunting trip to Alaska for giant moose, encourage your child to dream of the day that you both can share that trip of a lifetime together. By creating and sharing that dream, you and your child will create a connection that lasts a lifetime. Dreams do come true, you just have to dream them first!!
Dave Shellhaas, chief editor