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Father-Son Bonding: How Hunting Can Help Your Relationship

The bond between fathers and sons is a special one. However, if your relationship isn’t as strong as you might like, you’ll need to find something to fix it. Here are just a few ways that hunting might be the magic bullet that you seek.

No Technological Distractions 

In a world where most people prefer texting over talking, a good old-fashioned hunt can help to restore the lost art of communication between father and son. Not only will you have necessary discussions about weapons and trails, but you’ll also have plenty of downtime to discuss what’s going on your lives. A phone can’t be brought along on a hunt if you want to keep your mind and vision sharp for spotting deer, so all that will be left is conversation. You can share dreams, fears and goals in an environment that’s far away from judgmental eyes. This kind of open, honest talking can be a great way to strengthen the father-son relationship.

Real-World Skill Building 

From shooting a gun to navigating the woods with nothing more than the position of the sun in the sky, hunting trips are full of skills that can come in handy even in non-hunting situations. You can teach these to your son to help him grow into an independent, self-sufficient person. Best of all, when he’s the only teenager on the field trip who knows how to use a compass, he’ll remember where he honed that ability. He’ll remember that he got it from Dad.

Quality Bonding Time 

Studies have shown that the quality of parent-child time is far more important than the quantity of it. This means that low-quality activities like watching TV together are much less beneficial to your child than high-quality activities like tracking an animal through the woods on a crisp morning. Even if you can’t take your son hunting every single weekend, it’s an impactful event that will build a bond between the two of you in a lasting, meaningful way. Do your research beforehand to find a quality hunting ground like an axis deer or blackbuck antelope hunting ranch where you know the prey will be high quality and the terrain made to navigate.

Life Lessons 

One of the best lessons that a father can pass onto his son is the value of hard work, and hunting can provide many real-world examples of risk, reward and resolve. This is especially true if you’re hunting for something rarer and more special than your standard whitetail deer. If you’re chasing red stags or crawling through a blackbuck antelope hunting ranch, you’ll be able to show your son what it really means to value something and work hard to achieve it. This kind of thing can’t be taught with words alone; it requires dirt on your knees.

These are just a few ways that hunting can help the relationship between fathers and sons. It doesn’t matter if you’re bonding with a new stepchild or simply looking for ways to spend more time with your brood; hunting can be just what you need to build a stronger connection with your child.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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