PORT ARTHUR — Before the day was over, I had three more kids guess that a chicken made that track. One guessed it was an owl; two said duck and one said an elephant made it.
It was heartwarming to see the children’s reaction to the animal tracks.
It was as if we opened an entirely new world to them and they loved every minute of it.
Lisa and I left knowing that we had sparked some children’s interest in wildlife.
Besides showing the kids how to identify tracks, we also gave a track casting demonstration and sent the parents and kids home with sheets that gave instructions on plaster casting.
That is a hobby even poor kids in the city can take part in. It may not be hunting or fishing, but any interest in wildlife is better than an interest in drugs or alcohol, for example.
Throughout my career, I have tried to reach children at every opportunity and I have made myself a promise I will do even more in the future.
If everyone who loves the outdoors would sacrifice a little time to help mentor some kids on behalf of the great outdoors, there is no telling what kind of impact we could make.
Look at it this way; if we don’t get their attention, there are plenty of other influences that would love the opportunity.
The kids truly deserve better than that.
I look forward to putting this book together and my share a few stories on these pages as it comes together. I have been extremely blessed with opportunities to encounter the creatures that have been such an important a part of my life since first saw them on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom as a kid.
It will be fun to look back and inspiring to look ahead at a future filled with even more encounters.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 and watch his online series at www.Godsoutdoors.com . Follow him on Twitter @flexfsihing.com.)