2016-12-01 / Outdoors

Take kids hunting; they grow up too soon

By Eric VanThomme


RACHEL VANTHOMME harvested her first deer, a doe, on Nov. 16. She is a sophomore at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. RACHEL VANTHOMME harvested her first deer, a doe, on Nov. 16. She is a sophomore at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. (Editor’s note: The following story and photos were provided by a Suttons Bay father of three.)

Proud days for Dad! This hunting season two of my kids bagged their first deer. First one is my daughter Rachel VanThomme, 16-years old, she got her doe on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the afternoon. About a 70-yard shot with her Grandpa’s handed-down Winchester .30- .30. Then my son Josh VanThomme, 13-years old, bagged his six point buck on the morning of Nov. 25 in the pouring rain. I was sitting with him all season. I think I was just as nervous as he was. He had about a 60-yard shot with a Marlin 30/30 that his Grandpa gave him as well.

As you can see we have a family history of hunting. My history goes back to the days I was a young child hunting with my Grandpa and Dad with the same gun that my daughter uses today. As for my youngest child Aubrey VanThomme, she’s only two and half years old. It will be her turn soon enough.


JOSH VANTHOMME, an eighth grade student at St. Mary, with the six-point he shot last week. JOSH VANTHOMME, an eighth grade student at St. Mary, with the six-point he shot last week. These days hunting is starting to become a lost sport that is not being handed down from generation to generation. If you are a hunter with children, I highly recommend that you involve your kids. As I am quickly starting to realize, they grow up fast.

Safe hunting and Merry Christmas!

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