The Pidgeon's Grandsons
By Mark Pidgeon
There is a story behind these two hunts. What I am proud of is the shots that my grandsons chose NOT to take that made me proud.
First was the turkey hunt. My grandsons' father is stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana. They had a special turkey hunt for the boys. My grandsons Alex and Brandon were paired with a guide who used to play football for the Denver Broncos. Alex had a turkey come out, but another turkey came out in front of his which was in Brandon's line of fire. Brandon took the turkey with one shot, his first turkey. What made as proud of as Brandon taking his turkey is that my ten-year old grandson Alex did not shoot because the situation was not safe. He had enough maturity to pass up on a possible kill because safety came first.
We had a family board hunt at the Boar Creek Ranch. All three of my grandson's shot a boar their first night there. It was the first time ever at the ranch that three brothers took hogs on the same night. Again what made me proud was the shot that was not taken. Brandson saw a huge hog from his blind, but he was covered behind a bush where he could not get a clean shot at hogzilla. He passed up on the huge hog because there was not a shot opportunity for a humane kill. I hunted the same blind the next night and I saw hogzilla too. He was HUGE and he did not let me get a clean shot at him either. I guess that is how he got to be hogzilla.
The Safari Club International Code of Ethics
"The most powerful environmentalists I know are hunters, because they see firsthand--it is not an abstraction for them. They actually spend time in the outdoors. They want to take their children to hunt and fish in the same place that their father took them."