Learning to See: Lessons from My Father on Respect for Nature and Life

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  • Tom's avatar

    Well said. I’ll be thinking about both of you today.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    Thanks, @Tom

  • Emerson's avatar

    I know that feel I lost my dad about 7 months ago and it has been very hard on me and my grandpa

  • Nathan's avatar

    I’ve been taking my boys out a lot lately. They fidget, talk, and struggle to keep up a lot. This is a great reminder about why I do it. It isn’t about the harvest of the animal, but the cultivation of relationship and character…harvest is a bonus.

  • Corey Jo's avatar

    I feel your pain. I also on this exact day 11 years ago lost my dad.

  • Lisa's avatar

    Rick, deep heart felt hugs to you...and to all those posting here about their Dad's. Mine just turned 80 on Christmas day. As we sat and watched a nest of eagles last Saturday, taking photos and talking about these great and majestic birds,I truly tried to soak it all in. Time goes by so fast and time with those we love is such a gift. Thinking of you

  • Ricky's avatar

    I agree, what I would give for one more trip. I lost my dad when I was 9, then lost my step father in 2020. He was the one that taught me all about the outdoors, he was a woodsman. I’m so thankful of that today. We can just look back on the teachings and great memories.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Emerson I’m sorry you know this loss.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Nathan when they reflect back on those times with you, I’ll bet they’ll do so fondly.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Corey I’m sorry we share this anniversary.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Lisa thank you so much. Call him today and tell him you love him.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Ricky I have a step-son who turns 10 at the end of May. He isn’t used to spending time afield. I’m planning to baptize him with a camping/trout fishing/gold panning trip to the moutains of East Tennessee/north Georgia for his birthday. I’m hoping it will be a birthday gift he’ll never forget and the beginning of a never-ending love for our natural world.

  • Ricky's avatar

    That is really awesome, that’s about the age(9) my stepdad introduced me to the outdoors, something I’ll never forget and absolutely been hooked every since. Praying it all works out for y’all.

  • Mike's avatar

    He smiles down on ya and is just as proud today bud👊

  • Corey Jo's avatar

    @Gobbler it sucks, it truly does, but ya gotta keep going because that is what they would want.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    @Mike I know he does, my friend!

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My name is Rick Larnerd. I’m a United States Army Infantry and 35-year law enforcement veteran. I am a retired Pennsylvania game warden. I am now custom maker of high-end Pennsylvania longrifles and decorative turkey box calls. I’ve been “Recreating 18th Century Americana” as Gobbler Knob Longrifles since 2000.

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