If someone were to ask me, “What’s your favorite hunting product?” I could answer without hesitation. I can tell you right where it is at any moment. You want stories? I’ve got plenty.
To most people, it would just be an old gun under a young girl’s bed, but it’s so much more than that—it was my grandfather’s gun. I bet it’s fired thousands of shots and heard more good stories than I could ever imagine. It belonged to my Grandfather, or as we kids called him, Papaw ‘B,’ and a few years back it was placed in my hands.
When I think about how long it’s been around and how many doves, ducks, quail and pheasants have fallen at the pull of its trigger, the quality speaks for itself. It’s got a few scratches, and it’s not exactly what you would call “new.” But to me, it’s hard to get better than my Benelli 20 gauge.
When I look at it I see character—not just in the gun, but also in a man who I would classify as a true gentleman. I see a legacy of something that goes beyond hunting. With every hull that it has shucked out I hear life lessons; I see love and compassion. Each time I hold it in my hands I’m humbled and reminded that we all have scratches. None of us are perfect, but fortunately, God sees past that.
Every time I sit down to “zero in,” I find myself so thankful for the great outdoors and the opportunity to have been introduced to hunting at such a young age. If you have heard me say it once, you’ll probably hear me say it a thousand more times: Get kids involved in the outdoors. Invest in them. Leave them with more than just an old gun … leave them with a legacy!
Now it’s time for me to turn the question around. Do any of you have any favorite hunting products or hand-me-downs? Let me hear from ya!
As always, God bless and good hunting,