PSE’s Mark Drury on Getting to Know His Daughter’s Boyfriend through Hunting
Editor’s Note: Why would a daddy teach his daughter to hunt, and what are the benefits? This week, we’ll learn the answers to these questions and more from PSE’s Mark Drury of Drury Outdoors, a nationally known turkey caller and deer and turkey hunter. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn about why every father should get his daughter into hunting.
Question: Mark, what happened when boys started coming around to see Taylor?
Drury: Taylor is dating a young man named Zac. When Taylor brought Zac to the farm to go hunting for the first time, I told her, “We’re way down in the number of deer we’ve taken on video for Drury Outdoors. We’ve got to take more deer, so I need at least two people hunting and two people videoing. I’ll take a nice buck, and you can take a nice buck. I’ll send you out with Joe Foster, (who has been my cameraman for 3 years), and I’ll take Zac with me. I’ll teach Zac how to run a camera. Zac can sit in a tree and film me hunting. We really need to hunt this way this weekend.” Taylor didn’t act like she minded having her boyfriend hunt with me, and I think she knew that I’d spend enough time with him, so he’d feel comfortable running a camera.
Question: What was spending an afternoon with your daughter’s boyfriend like?
Drury: I had a lot of fun with Zac. At first, he didn’t know the difference between a camera and a rabbit.
Question: What did you learn about Zac when you two were in the tree together?
Drury: I learned that he got very nervous every time we saw a deer. I also learned that he was a good forward thinker, and that he had a good eye for the camera. Zac did really well, and I think he is a sharp young man. But, I need to clear something up. When Zac and I went on our first deer hunt, we didn’t get in a tree stand, we went to a box blind.
Question: What was going on in the blind when you weren’t seeing deer?
Drury: We were both texting Taylor and aggravating her. Zac would text her, “Your dad told me some things I never knew about you.” Then, I would text her and say, “You won’t believe what Zac just said.” Zac and I were both driving Taylor crazy, because we wouldn’t explain what we were texting to her. We aggravated the tar out of her, and she took all the kidding hook, line and sinker.
Question: What did Taylor think when you decided to take him out the second day with you?
Drury: By then, she thought it was all good, but I’ve got to tell you what I did. As I mentioned earlier, Taylor’s not a morning person, so I let both her and Zac sleep late. The next morning when Joe and I went out to hunt, Taylor was in her room, and Zac was in the lower sleeping quarters. Before daylight, I took one of my trail cameras, hid it on the banister and pointed it straight at Taylor’s room. When I came back and checked the camera, I had a picture of Taylor coming out of her room and headed to the bathroom. She got up again at 8:20 am and went to the bathroom. At 10:15 am, I got a picture of Zac peeking in her room to see if she was awake. She finally woke up and came out of her room at 10:30 am. So Dads, I want you to know that you can use trail cameras to monitor teenagers, just like you use trail cameras to monitor deer. I showed Zac and Taylor the pictures and said, “You two never know where I’m going to hang a trail camera.”
Tomorrow: What’s in the Future for PSE’s Mark Drury?
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