Video: A Waterfowling Youth Movement for the Future

Written by: Phil Monahan

Think that all hunting traditions are dying and that all kids are interested in is video games? Then check out the video above and read the note we received from a young man from Minnesota, who is trying his hardest in ways that should make us all more hopeful for the future:

I’m Cole Brody, a junior in high school with a great passion for waterfowling. I grew up and have spent my whole life in the medium-size town of Faribault, Minnesota, about 50 miles south of the Twin Cities. In this town and around this area is where I do the majority of my hunting, although I’ve recently taken trips to the Detroit Lakes area and the Mni Sho Sho Goose Camp on the Missouri in South Dakota, also.

Now when I say I, I really mean our group, which we call “The Kings of Whistling Wings.” We formed this group this summer before the start of early goose season. We’re just a couple of kids enjoying what God has graciously placed on this earth for us by doing it the right way. We’re not a bunch of cake-eaters and high-class snobs, just a couple of kids who like to do it on their own.

I drive a ‘98 Ford Contour, and more often than not that is our “pickup.” Don’t ask me how I can fit three blinds and over a dozen full bodies in there, but we do because we have to make it work. For the most part, I hunt with my dad’s decoys, which are all at least twenty years old. He has eight bigfoots, a dozen silhouettes, and a dozen shells. This year, I did invest in some lesser full-bodies and silosocks.

Now we may just be a couple of kids, but we hunt about as hard as anyone can. We logged somewhere around 27 hours in the blind the first three days of goose season, all for one goose — but you know that the one goose made it worth all the while. At that point, we were all just getting started; for all of us, this is our first year calling, too. So seeing a group of about eight honkers respond to the flag and our calls, then getting closer and closer until they’re nearly on top of you, and knowing you were responsible for all that is just incomparable to any other feeling you find in this world.

We managed to get a few birds here and there — overall I think about 20 geese, including one banded, and 15 ducks with probably about 250 hours in the field. Some would call that craziness or a waste of time, but our group just looks at it as worth every second. Each day out in the field is a lesson, and we’re getting better and better everyday.

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