What a great weekend it was to hold our Louisiana October Deer Hunt. We kicked things off Friday night with some chicken and sausage jambalaya. Afterwards we reviewed some hunting and gun safety rules, and got all the gear handed out. Then it was a game of hide & seek in the dark. We hit the bed shortly after to get some rest for the big day in the deer woods. Saturday morning we got an early start as we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed to the deer woods. It didn’t take long for the deer to start to move. Less than an hour after daybreak, Blake Roy and Program Director Micheal Rivers, had two come in, a buck and a doe, and Blake was able to drop the buck in his tracks! It was a nice spike. That makes three deer and a hog that Blake has harvested through our programs. After that, word quickly came in that Joseph McDaniel, who was hunting with mentor Matt Miller, had taken a nice doe. It was Joseph’s very first deer he had ever taken! Shane Roy and mentor Jim Spaulding saw 13 deer on the morning hunt but they never got close enough for a shot. After the morning movement slowed down, we all gathered back at the camp to take care of the game that was harvested and hear all the stories from the morning hunt. After all the hard hunting and skinning everyone was ready for some lunch. Amie Wood was with us for lunch and had prepared some delicious homemade chili. After we were full, mentor Scot Martin brought a word for us. We learned “what makes a dad”. It was a great word and really showed the boys what God expects from them as a dad, when that time comes. It was great for us as mentors to hear also, as we try to model what the father son relationship looks like through our programs. After our time in God’s word, some hit the lake for a little fishing and some hit the bunkhouse for a nap. It wasn’t long and we were ready to hit the woods again. The afternoon hunt movement was slow, but Blake Roy and Michael Rivers did see one hog without the opportunity for a shot. After the hunt we returned to the camp to eat some pizza before returning the boys to their moms.
It was a great program and relationships where built and strengthened. The deer hunts offer a special time where the boys have more time specifically with a mentor in the deer stand for these relationships to be strengthened and built. God really made His presence known and spoke to us through His word. Please join us as we pray for these young men as they grow in their walk with the Lord and for the mentors as they try to model a father son relationship though our programs.
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