Learning

I’m lucky enough to be able to teach in a small school nestled here at Galliformes Ground Zero. One of my classes, a group of six 11th- and 12th-grade young men, each with a passion for hunting, has been reading A Hunter’s Heart: Honest Essays on Blood Sport (1997; a fantastic collection if you haven’t read it). It’s been wonderful talking with them about well-crafted essays and different perspectives on hunting, especially since I came to it late in life and these boys grew up with it. We’ve had some intense conversations and debates. I’ve learned a lot from listening to them. I wonder if it’s reciprocal.

The culminating project for this unit is for them to make a digital story describing what they’ve learned from hunting. I told them I’d make one, too, and so here’s my crack at it. (Select 1080p if you can, and turn up the volume.)

13 Replies to “Learning”

  1. That is really awesome video and commentary Bob. Not much like like that out there. I feel the same way at my age (66) as you do. Most people won’t “get it”.

  2. Nice. I like your hat.

    From: Chukar Hunting Reply-To: Chukar Hunting Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 5:49 AM To: Geoff McMichael Subject: [New post] Learning

    WordPress.com Bob McMichael posted: “I’m lucky enough to be able to teach in a small school nestled here at Galliformes Ground Zero. One of my classes, a group of six 11th- and 12th-grade young men, each with a passion for hunting, has been reading A Hunter’s Heart: Honest Essays on Blood Sp”

  3. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

    A class of 6. What a treat. By the end of each year you will have had time to make a substantial impact on each kid.

    Have you considered taking them on any trips with you? I took students on 4 field trips a year for 17 years, 10 days total each year. They could repeat the trips each year so by the time they graduated they could have spent 40 days of camping with me and Marilyn. Most trips were just overnight events, but the main trip for each year was to the Sierras for a 4 day trip. We went to the Kern River Plateau to see the redwoods. Many lifelong relationships were formed. The friendships formed in the field are different from those limited to a classroom environment. Some thing to think about. Some students actually became good hunting companions.

    Something to think about.

    Dale

    1. Dale, I read your comment while I was returning from a fly fishing trip with a different class of 10 kids (we’re reading A River Runs Through It). It was a great day even though the fishing was slow to dead. After I read your comment I went back to them on the bus and asked how many of them had a good enough time that they’d be interested in a camping/fishing trip where there would actually be plenty of good fishing. They all raised their hands. Gears are spinning. Great idea. Thanks. My next plan is a chukar hunting club that might help with conservation/habitat restoration…

  4. Bob

    Don’t know if this appropriate here, but usually, how much weight do you carry in your vest hunting with two dogs and yourself and about how long does this keep you in shells and water before you return to your standby supply?

    Thanks

    I enjoy your web site

    Kent Coen

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kent. I wrote a post about this last year: https://chukarhunting.net/2015/12/26/whats-in-your-vest/
      My new vest (https://chukarhunting.net/2016/09/05/q5-centerfire-vest-review/) is a little heavier, but – based on some comments on the “what’s in your vest” post – I’ve slimmed a few things down, so I’m still around 15 lbs. I think. I’ve been running out of water in the warmer weather with just the 100 oz. bladder, and wished I’d brought an extra bottle twice. Those were 5- to 6-mile, 3- to 5-hour hikes. I haven’t run out of shells this year and never carry more than a box, usually more like 20 shells.

  5. I enjoyed the narration so much on a beautiful visual video. Hunting is about expressing one’s self. You have a unique talent and ability to present this important public land issue. Thanks

      1. Your welcome Bob. Please if possible upload this video to our sunburst Brittanys Facebook page . We have tried but cannot get it to work. Any other videos or pictures you want to posted on our Facebook feel free. We get approximately 500 view per post according to our stats. Thank you

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