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A2J
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Pay It Forward

The guy (not my dad) who taught me all I know about the outdoors recently passed away and it got me to thinking.....

My dad was an alcoholic and never really taught me anything about the outdoors. When I was in my early 20s and already married, I decided I wanted to start hunting and fishing but didn't have any idea what I was doing. I actually asked a man in my church if he would teach me so that I would be able to teach my son one day. I was really embarrassed to ask him because it didnt seem very manly but I didnt know how else to learn. He was in his early 40s and we hunted and fished together for the next 20 years.

I am now 45 years old. The guy who taught me recently died from cancer and it has made me reflect..... My 11 year old son and I LOVE to hunt and fish together thanks to my friend. He gave me an awesome gift that I now share with my son. I now look for the opportunity to teach about the outdoors to son and his friends who are growing up with single moms or even to young men like me who just never had the chance to learn.

Sorry for the mushy part of this but I was blessed to have some make a difference in my life through the outdoors. My friend changed my life....my son's life....and generations to come.

Just want to encourage you guys to use your love of outdoors to make a difference for someone. I am glad that someone did it for me!!!!!!





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4X4DEMON
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NWLA
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11600 posts

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Sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm sure he's proud of the way you are raising your son.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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You only get one of those in a lifetime.

Glad your son gets to learn from his dad. That's something you can never replace.


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dante
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Kingwood, TX
Member since Mar 2006
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Have always thought spending time with your kids outdoors creates a special bond.


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Nodust
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19034 posts

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Great to hear about a good friendship. And now your son will be able to enjoy the rewards of his kindness



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TigerTreyjpg
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Monroe, LA
Member since Jun 2008
5470 posts

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CSB.

A TRULY cool story.......


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tejastigre
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Sao Paulo/ Rio de Janeiro
Member since Nov 2008
909 posts

re: Pay It Forward
Very cool story, I would also add that you should teach people that didn't grow up being the outdoors and stewardship and conservation practices.


OntarioTiger
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Canada
Member since Nov 2007
956 posts

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X1000 my father had a similar situation - my grandpa passed away when my dad was 12 and an uncle and family friend helped raise my dad and teach him how to hunt and fish. I am the direct beneficiary of that. Hunting and fishing is like a tribe we have to share our knowledge - pass it down/pay it fwd


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LSUaFOOL
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Jackson, La
Member since Jan 2008
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That's what its all about my friend. Sorry for your loss.


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INFIDEL
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The couch
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GREAT story.


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Mid Iowa Tiger
Iowa State Fan
Houston
Member since Feb 2008
2057 posts

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Put a little dust in my eyes this morning.

CSB


pdubya76
Ole Miss Fan
Amite County
Member since Mar 2012
1928 posts

re: Pay It Forward
Very good story.My dad taught me all about hunting and fishing as well.I have kids now so I am passing that on to them.He has been gone for 2 years but the things he taught me are stronger than ever.


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
8016 posts

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Sorry to hear about your friend. All we can do is pay it forward once someone passes. Good to see you kept the tradition going.


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Meauxjeaux
Memphis Fan
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Member since Jun 2005
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Wish you lived further south. I really need an OB bromance for hunting. Dad taught me fishing but nothing about hunting. Sorry to hear about your friend.
This post was edited on 11/28 at 10:31 am


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Langston
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Cenla
Member since Nov 2010
6225 posts

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Thanks for sharing. Sorry for the loss of a good friend.


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Teyeger
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Smoke Grove
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That is cool man. Sorry for the loss of your friend.


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Wade Phillips
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Great story. I can relate. I owe my buddy's dad a lot for taking time to teach me what I know. He didn't have to but I will always be grateful that he did. I would encourage anyone who loves the outdoors and has a son, make sure you include any friend of his in a similar situation when they get around the age of 12-16. It is the easiest and most enjoyable way to make a huge impact on someone's life.


A2J
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West Monroe
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Thanks everyone!


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