The bond between a father and daughter is something very special. I grew up hunting along side my father and those are the memories I cherish the most with him. He taught me, guided me, invested in me and celebrated with me. I will forever be thankful for his time and love. Today's feature is on another great father, Jeff Lusk. I met Jeff at the LIVE Rich Outdoors Podcast featuring Born and Raised Outdoors and shortly after we connected on social. After following him for a very short time, it was clear that he had a very special relationship with his two daughters, Hayden and RaeLynn, who are now 7 and 5.
In the spirit of turkey season kicking off around the country, let's talk turkey! Jeff has been turkey hunting for 6 years and his two favorites states to hunt in are his home state of Washington and also Missouri. Recently, Jeff posted a throwback video on YouTube of him and his girls doing a mock turkey hunt in the yard. At the time of the video, the girls were just 2 and 4. They set up decoys, sat in a ground blind, used turkey calls and shot their little bows. The video is priceless and it demonstrates another way to get your kids involved if they're still too young to go on the hunt. I admire how active Jeff is with his daughters and I think we can all learn a thing or two from him. Check out his quick interview below and also his Youtube video!
What fires you up about getting your daughters involved in hunting? What’s your “why”?
I can remember my first turkey hunt very vividly. The sound of the gobble, the feeling in my heart when they are spitting and drumming. If I can involve my daughters into that same feeling, it will change their lives forever.
What is the girls favorite part about turkey hunting or “make believe” turkey hunting?
Most would believe that a hunters favorite part of hunting is the kill, but it’s really the exact opposite. Our favorite part about the hunt is the build up all the way until the bird decides to commit. Whether we kill that bird or not, all the work that leads up to that very point is what we love. Being able to throw a turkey over your shoulder at the end of it is a bonus to us.
What are your plans for hunting with the girls this year? Will they get to come along for any hunts?
Yes! Hunting with kids can be very tricky for multiple reasons. The first one is just the shear logistics of it. You are now packing and worrying about two extra human beings! There’s also the factor of not pushing something on them earlier than needed. I want them to understand, respect and want to be in the woods hunting. For 2018, it seems like the right time!
What role has hunting played in your relationship with your girls?
I love to spend a lot of time in the woods. Being able to share that with the girls and teaching them about life and how to appreciate it has been huge for us. We have found a really nice balance of daddy stuff and daughter stuff, so when it is hunting time with daddy it’s fun! They genuinely know how happy it makes me and they thrive off of that! We are creating memories that we will be able to have forever!