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Termite the Tenacious! — 22 Comments

  1. You are a better person than I am. I don’t think I could get up that early in that kind of weather and do something I really didn’t enjoy doing.

  2. Heading to the sporting goods store sure beats heading to the video game store and braving the elements to shoot ducks and become one with nature sure beats sitting inside to shoot gangsters and become one with the couch. Although the latter probably does help improve the reaction time required for the former as Termite so aptly proved scientifically.

    • Oh, D, there’s a new twist. We are heading to the fabric store to buy burlap, upholstery needles, and nylon thread. He is making his own “boat blind”. The rack is still attached to his boat from last year, which held up these long grass mats. After last season, the grass mats were thrown away, I’m guessing, and his big brothers won’t spring for new ones, so he is improvising. He’s about to get his first lesson in “whip stitching” today! This should be fun!

      • Love it! Pics please! And I’m pretty impressed since I am unable to even sew a button on my pants that I’ve popped due to a little extra girth that I suspect has a whole lot to do with the bounty of the wetlands.

        • Never ever go to town without calling to see if desired item is in stock. No burlap. No burlap? Every duck hunter and his cousin must have wiped them out before the season started. Don’t the know how to reorder? No sewing lesson today.

          • I think I’d search the house for any clothing item in need of repair. Practice makes perfect. You KNOW he’ll want his project to be perfect. So he needs to practice. If you can’t find anything around your house, I’m sure I can dig up something around here.

            As much as I like to fish, you won’t find me in the boat if it’s cold and rainy. Warm/hot and rainy’s ok. I’ve got my Frogg Toggs (Dotter, that is the correct spelling) to keep me dry. BW, maybe you could find a “duck hunter mentor” you’d trust for Termite to hunt with.

            • My older boys had one, but he is mentoring two of his own sons and just can’t add a third boy to the mix. Termite has two older brothers that mentor him when they’re not out working on the boats. I just take up the slack, see?

          • Ugh…ain’t no way to make a “quick trip to town” that’s for sure. Would the farm or landscape supply companies have something like that? Or maybe sweet talk an oysterman.

            • The idea evolved from oyster sacks to store-bought burlap because he wanted to go steal some from the Mexicans. Uh, no. And I don’t speak Spanish, so definitely no. He found another supply of sacks, so we shall see.

  3. And now you know why I sat for 8 hours through Hunters Safety course a couple of weeks ago. I figure I better get in time now while I can. As long as I hold the car keys I hold them a little closer. Although there are days I’d give anything if they could drive themselves to town! I did draw the line at deer hunting this weekend, I just have no desire to sit in a stand and hope a deer ventures by.

  4. What a guy! I am astonded at the responsiblity he willingly takes on. I think he is REALLY going to be something when he grows up; something you are going to be very proud of!

  5. Bayou Woman,
    After reading articles on the decline of youth involvement in the shooting sports, it is refreshing to see such a passionate young man. I enjoy your stories and insight.
    Phil

    • Welcome to the bayou, Phil, and I thank you for your comments. At a recent Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association Conference, we had a big discussion with our some agents from our state department of wildlife and fisheries about the decline in both fishing and hunting by our youth. With the onslaught of video games, they’d rather sit in front of the TV or computer screen, drinking soda, eating chips and killing aliens or each other than expend a little energy outside. The other part of that is today’s parents both work, and there seem to be less and less parents making the effort to pass along outdoor traditions. It is a sad turn of events. I would like to personally invite you to click on the hunting and fishing categories to read stories from the past two years. BW

    • Welcome to the bayou, Phil, and I thank you for your comments. At a recent Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association Conference, we had a big discussion with our some agents from our state department of wildlife and fisheries about the decline in both fishing and hunting by our youth. With the onslaught of video games, they’d rather sit in front of the TV or computer screen, drinking soda, eating chips and killing aliens or each other than expend a little energy outside. The other part of that is today’s parents both work, and there seem to be less and less parents making the effort to pass along outdoor traditions. It is a sad turn of events. I would like to personally invite you to click on the hunting and fishing categories to read stories from the past two years. BW

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