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Children First: hunting provides valuable lessons to youth

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Thanks to a special workshop on hunting technology hosted by Cabela's, Luke Bohlender of Gillette got a lesson on everything from predator calls to equipment safety.
 
Luke's father, Tim Bohlender, said the lesson was a writ of passage, something his father did with him. "We do bird hunting, deer and elk hunting." 
 
But Tim Bohlender said it's about more than the physical side of the sport. "It's mostly about spending time together and teaching values."
 
What kind of values?  According to Tim Bohlender; manners and responsibility.
 
"I have to be very very careful," said Luke Bohlender.
 
"I think it's been lost in people with personal responsibility," said Tim Bohlender. "A lot of it starts with things like this. You have to be responsible around other people and it relays into other areas of life."
 
"From hunting you're going to learn responsibility, that's a big thing, the responsible gun ownership and management, it's a big deal that can be tied into many life aspects," said Dave Perfect, hunting lead at Cabela's.
 
And through hunting, Perfect says children learn to follow the rules because there are plenty of them. "Not only respect for animals, respect for people you're with, respect laws and land boundaries - make sure you're in the appropriate areas."

While learning how to hunt, Luke Bohlender it also learning lessons for life.

And he can't wait to get out there. "I really would like to hunt antelope, have a lot of them in Gillette, and one time one snorted at me."

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