Heather and Rachel
If you want to know a women who is passionate about spending time with her kids in the woods, it's Heather Aldrich. Those that know Heather, know she's a bear hunting junky, but she knows how to notch tags of all kinds, while hunting with her kids! Below is a short story written by Heather about hunting whitetail with her daughter, Rachel. Thanks for sharing with us Heather! You kids are lucky to have you!
A Mother Daughter Whitetail Hunt...
As a mom, I take great joy in seeing my children succeed. Some of my happiest moments in life have been in the field with my kids. Last hunting season was no exception. Rachel and I were freezing our hinders off, waiting for the mythical whitetail. The furry monsters had been outsmarting us every day. I'm not saying whitetails are jerks, but many times on our way back to camp we could see where they had walked over our tracks. My favorite was a place the deer had crossed a closed road in such a way as to make a perfect X of tracts. In case you were wondering, X does not mark the spot. It was a blatant deer lie.
I had decided to change up tactics and we snuggled into some snow covered brush between a bedding area and a travel route. Her tag was good for either sex whitetail. We had to be cautious as there were mule deer in the area as well. She knew to wait for my verification. We had been there for some time, a whole hour, when a doe just seemed to appear out of nowhere. Rachel looked at me like, "Mom, whitetail do exist!" I glassed the doe, and nodded permission to my daughter. That poor kid. She had to wait for what felt like an eternity for the right opportunity, plus the wind kept swirling on us. I was so proud of her. She's grown in wisdom and skill. She was patient and did not rush. One perfectly placed shot put the doe down. I was also able to harvest a nice deer on this trip. Rachel is my best little sidekick and we both took some photos. She was sure to make her mama look good in the photos too!
I was just recently reflecting on how much and how fast she has grown. She used to toddle in the woods with a little hello kitty backpack, and now she is a beautiful and tough young woman. Mamas, take your babies to the woods! You won't be sorry. I can say, she's not just my daughter. She's my hunting partner and I am blessed beyond measure.