This past weekend our Louisiana Chapter kicked off their fall programs with the first of two deer hunts. Led by Program Director, Michael Rivers, it was a great weekend spending time in God’s outdoors with mentors and boys. As usual we kicked things off Friday evening at our local Bush, LA Camp Facility where boys and mentors came together to prepare for a day in the woods. Mandy Rivers had prepared an awesome dinner of Chicken Tortilla Soup. It really hit the spot on the chilly evening. After dinner the boys and mentors gathered around the fire to share on deer hunting stories, talk about life, and just spend a little time as men together bonding. We all got ready for bed early after our time around the fire as we knew it would be an early morning heading to the deer woods.
Saturday morning came early as the group got up and ready at 5am. Sleepy and tired but everyone was excited to be getting to the woods. We grabbed some breakfast and headed out. Once at the property all the boy and mentor groups split up and headed to their deer stands. It had rained over night and a front had moved through so we all hoped it would help with deer movement. Daylight came quick, and with it came the wind. The winds got really high and we all knew that this would not have a good effect on the deer movement. The deer laid low during the morning and didn’t move at all. It was still a good morning in God’s Creation with boys and mentors. We all got down and took a break for lunch and an awesome devotion by mentor Scot Martin on missing the mark. The boys enjoyed some skeet shooting, playing Annie Oakley, and also shooting some bows before heading back into the woods. Remington and Caleb jumped a deer heading back to the stand, but it was gone in a flash. Once everyone was settled in we began to anticipate deer movement as it drew closer to sunset. Michael and Jacob caught a glimpse of a deer, but it was gone before they could even lift the rifle. Then about 30 mins before dark Kenneth and CJ had a 6 point come within 30 yards of the stand. Before CJ got settled in to take the shot the buck spooked, and ran off. It was not to be for deer this weekend, but that didn’t ruin the time we had enjoying God’s Creation between boys and mentors.
Please continue to keep our programs, mentors, & boys in your prayers and we work to Reach, Inspire, Support, & Engage young men from fatherless and single parent homes in the Communities we serve. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved please visit one of the chapter pages using the option above.
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