PSE’s Dustin Jones – My First Hunting Trip
By Dustin Jones
I was fortunate enough to have my dad teach me about hunting. He was a great teacher and although he doesn’t think he was; he was very patient with me and my two brothers. Even if it was just to drive the roads and look for deer my dad would take all three of his boys. I can still remember it as plain as day; my dad had just given me my first bow and arrow. He took me out and taught me the proper way to hold the bow, how to hold my hands, and to pick a spot on the target. He was a great mentor and a fantastic teacher.
My dad started me in bow hunting for many reasons, but one of the main reasons was of course to extend our hunting season. Archery antelope begins as early as the middle of August and we can hunt white-tails into December with our bows. Of course we love to see animals with impressive head gear, but one of our main reasons for hunting was to put meat in the freezer.
The most vivid memory I have of my first hunting trip was when my dad took me elk hunting with him. He made sure to make it enjoyable and fun for me. He bought me raspberry filled powder doughnuts; sports drink, and treats to pack in my hunting pack. We headed out into the mountains before light to the sounds of elk bugles all around us. We spent the morning hiking up and down canyons chasing the elk. The moment that I’ll never forget was when my dad and I heard some elk coming down a trail so he set us up behind a big rock pile 5 feet from the trail. Just as we set up it was only a matter of seconds when down the trial comes trotting a 5×5 bull elk. He stopped a mere 5 feet from us and just stared at us and had us pegged. It felt like he stood there forever but it was a matter of seconds before he caught wind of us. My dad said when he looked back at me he had never seen a kid smile that big before. From that point on I was hooked on elk hunting. I looked forward to every hunting trip with my dad as a kid and am fortunate to live close to him still so we can enjoy many more to come.
Dustin Jones is a passionate outdoorsman who loves to hunt, especially bowhunt. He created his blog, HighCountryBowhunter.com, to share his experiences with others. He is a Field Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com and Adventure Team member for MINOX Hunting Optics.