Being an outdoorsman means you appreciate all there is that can provide you with outdoor experiences. Whether hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or sightseeing; you appreciate the wonderful experiences you are provided.
Now, what makes you a ga-rrrreat outdoorsman? Here are my thoughts:
1. Being considerate: No matter what outdoor activities you choose, there is no place for selfishness. You don't hog the best hunting or fishing places. You don't disturb your camping neighbors. You don't continue to take up the best spots for sightseeing for an excessively long period. You don't leave your trash on hiking trails. Basically, you don't do things that are disrespectful to your outdoor neighbors.
2. Be proactive: It's amazing what you have learned about the great outdoors in your lifetime. Be willing to share those experiences with your children, grandchildren, other family members and community residents. Be willing to donate time and energy to volunteerism to support the outdoor activities in your area. It may have nothing to do with what you love to do in the outdoors, but rather it's an opportunity to help others learn to enjoy the outdoors the way you do. If you don't know where to begin, try calling your state wildlife agency to see what activities might be going on where they might use your help--cleaning up waterways, picking up trash in camp grounds, or trimming hiking trails on state land. If you are blessed with National Forests where you live, check with your local office to see what opportunities they may offer. Check with local scouting organizations to see if they need volunteers to help support a camping trip for scouts. Fish and game may provide fishing opportunities for disadvantaged youth and may need help providing these kids with a great experience. Being proactive towards sharing your love and experiences will not only benefit those you help, but will give you immeasurable memories that I promise you will cherish.
3. Take care of the outdoors; Always be prepared during your outings to set a great example. Carry trash bags with you and don't be afraid to do a little litter pick up. It demonstrates your great respect for the outdoors and may give the same idea to those who witness your efforts to keep the outdoors clean and litter free for all. I am always amazed at the amount of litter one will see on roadsides, stream sides, hiking trails and camp grounds. It's hard for me to accept that those who would leave such trash do so on purpose, but rather they just don't understand the impact it has on the environment and those also trying to have a great outing.
4. Share memories; It's always fun to bring back memories of those great outdoor experiences. It's amazing what one might see and experience during a fishing or hunting trip, while camping or hiking. Take your camera and you'll have many memories of your great experiences and something to share with those interested in learning from your great love of the outdoors. "Be a grreat outdoorsman" Any great outdoor experiences you'd like to share? Or tips on respecting the outdoors?
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