As a wildlife documentary filmmaker I spend a lot of time on location. I love my job but it does take away from the time I get to spend with my family and friends. I am a proud father and hate to think about all of the things I’m missing in my kids’ lives, but I also believe that the work that I’m doing is important towards furthering conservation awareness. I’m also not ashamed to say that I miss spending time with my friends, and I sometimes get jealous when I hear about the adventures they’ve been having while I’m away.
When I have some spare time the two things that I love to do the most is go hunting and fishing. I still get to be out in nature, which I prefer regardless of the weather. I swear I can actually feel myself going stir crazy if I’m cooped indoors for any extended length of time.
One of the reasons I like to go fishing in my spare time is that this is an activity that I can do with my kids or my friends. When I take my kids we get to spend some quality time together without the distractions of smartphones, iPads and the myriad of other electronic devices children seem to always be staring at. I have their undivided attention, usually, and really have a chance to get to know them. This is also the perfect opportunity for me to start teaching them about the importance of conservation. I know that I am helping to create memories that will last all of us a lifetime.
While I don’t take my kids hunting with me, due to their age and the inherent dangers, this is an activity that I enjoy sharing with my friends. It really doesn’t matter what is in season or where we go since we always seem to be able to have a lot of fun. One type of hunting that we have recently gotten into is game birds, particularly duck and pheasant. Though I’ve been told that dove hunting is a lot of fun so maybe one day we’ll take a trip to Texas when the season starts. As always I’ll make sure that we have the right permits, and we’ll also closely follow any bag laws that might be in place. Anyways it is a future trip that I am looking forward to and will share my adventures with you in this blog.
I also go boat fishing with my friends, but we never seem to have much luck catching anything. Even if we decided to buy a fish finder for boats we were still not so good. This is probably because we can’t stop talking and laughing, rarely paying attention to our rods. Just being able to spend time together laughing, joking and catching up makes the trip well worth our while.