Labor day is traditionally the kick off to big game hunting with archery equipment. That is exactly what I did. I spent as much time this past weekend trying to chase critters, with a stick and string.

My first day out was nothing to brag about, as I basically woke up extra early to hike to a spot before sun up. What did I find when I got there? Nothing. Not even an angry squirrel. I considered sitting and eating the sandwich I made, like an early brunch. But, then I realized the diner down the road had a buffet. So I packed up and got back to the truck.

The evening of day one was spent in a ground blind ( grown up version of a fort you built in your back yard as a kid.) During my time in the ground blind, I caught up on some Netflix, while nothing seemed to be moving. As it got closer to dark, I spotted one deer and a Pomeranian....YES, a Pomeranian! One of the joys of hunting public land, a person can walk through your hunting area with a dog.

Day two started off much better, as I immediately discovered elk before sunrise. I spent most of my time trying to get into position to catch them, but they ended up just out of range for an ethical shot. I still left my morning hunt with a huge smile on my face.

The evening of day two was by far my favorite. I decided I need to team up with my favorite hunting partner. My 4 year old son. He wanted to go so badly all weekend, I decided it was time to take him out into the field and experience what a real elk hunt is all about. I was apprehensive at first, but after I saw how seriously he was taking the whole outing, I couldn't have been more happy.

Moral of the story - take a kid hunting and fishing. Regardless of me not bagging a beast. I made some great memories. It was by far the highlight of my Labor Day weekend.