Here’s a picture of my “great nephew” Tanner T.J. McElvany. He’s my brother Darryl’s grandson, and early on Darryl took Tanner under his wing to train him in the ways of an outdoorsman. I’m telling you his efforts are paying huge dividends. I was 16 before I shot my first deer, and Tanner has three or four under his belt, and he’s only 14. He took this big doe during the youth hunt last weekend with grandpa’s Remington model 870 20 gauge shotgun. The shot was over 100 yards but T.J. dropped her in her tracks. Did I ever tell you that the three oldest Ansel brothers all qualified “expert “as they served their country during the Viet Nam war. The boy seems to come by it naturally ya think?
Tanner loves his grandpa, and grandpa sure loves spending time with his protegee. The kid is a crack shot with rifle, shotgun, and bow. He’s also one heck of a football player.
These are the kind of activities that will keep your children’s heads on straight. There is so much they can get into, in this day and age, that is “oh” so harmful to them. The old saying “Take your kid hunting, so you aren’t hunting for your kid” is very true. Enjoying the outdoors with your kids and grand-kids is one way to build great memories, and cement those relationships for years to come.
Tanner we are all proud of the way you conduct yourself in the field, and have learned your grandpa’s lessons well. Hope to make it to one of your games and see this “tackling” machine for myself! Congratulations young man.