The Robert's Boys want to get their own food!
Organized by: Benjamin Roberts
Last summer I became increasingly disgusted with the way our society treats animals and livestock in slaughter houses and processing facilities. I had many heart to heart discussions with my two sons, 9 & 11, on where our foods and meats come from. We eat meat in our home, they understand the importance of a healthy balanced diet. The troubles began when trying to explain the possible health risks with meat additives, preservatives, and not knowing where your food comes from! They do not understand why trusted companies would allow potentially harmful extras into our food. The simple solution that my son's and I developed is that we should ethically hunt our own food. We sat down and discussed the ethical responsibilities of a hunter, and what our interpretation of wildlife conservation is. We discussed the importance of hunter safety, preservation of species, the importance of public lands. As a backpacker, I had an understanding of public lands and access, but it wasn't until my hunting journey began that I truly began to realize the importance and need for public lands. I've done my best to instil these same beliefs in my son's. Next came the hard discussion of funding. As a single father, money is tight. When I try to explain that budgeting money for hunting equipment could take years, the disappointment in their voices is a hard thing to cope with. I want what's best for my boys. In today's society, especially in the heavily influenced liberal west coast city we call home, anti-hunting and emotion based conservation efforts come from all angles. It's difficult to differentiate fact from emotion, and explain it to two young boys. It's my belief that starting them off understanding the true Sportsman's lifestyle will give them the influences and experiences necessary to grow into respectable men who will pass on the tradition and education of wildlife conservation through recreational public lands hunting. Last fall, I used an old compound bow to harvest my very first white tail buck. My boys were there with me through the whole hunt. They helped load it in the truck, they helped gut, clean, skin, quarter and process the animal. With the help of my dad, It was a learning, bonding experience for the Roberts men. Having never done it myself, we shared in the excitement of every new challenge of processing quality venison for our consumption. Every meal, we sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labors and remember the experience we shared. The boys tell me stories of what their first deer will be. How they'd like to grow up being Sportsman. I want this for them. We ask this from you, fellow Sportsman. A small donation, to help us get started! In return, you will be personally responsible for influencing two of today's modern youth towards a healthy, fulfilling life of modern conservation minded hunting. We'd really appreciate it!