Duck Hunts: Redefined.

Blind Insights is a soul perspective into the lives of waterfowlers written by published author and speaker, Jason Cruise, founder of Mission Media & Resource Group.

God graced me beyond measure by giving me two sons. Tucker is only three. Ready he may be in his mind, but it’ll be a few years before he’s wader worthy. My oldest son, Cole, however, is now officially a duck hunter. This is his first year duck hunting, and he’s having a blast.

Cole Cruise and Max while shooting still shots with Banded gear.

Cole Cruise and Max while shooting still shots with Banded gear.

He doesn’t know it, but he’s a stabilizing force in my life when it comes to hunting. He loves to pull the trigger, but he’s just as happy to see if he can throw a rock and hit a decoy from 20 yards away. He loves the blast of Winchesters rolling through his barrel, yet he’s equally as excited about things like face paint, riding in a boat, and where we may eat breakfast after the hunt is over.

Something happens to us along the pathway of manhood. We lose our innocence, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose it completely. Innocence that is lost doesn’t have to stay lost. It can be captured once again. In the end, it is all about defining your target.

When a man measures a hunt by the number of beaks in the rings of his shoulder tote, he opens himself up to a dangerous world. At that point, fulfilling a legal limit becomes the standard by which a hunt is judged, while simultaneously, that same man places self-imposed limits on his soul. However, if things like face paint, hitting a decoy with a rock, biscuits, dogs, boat rides, and most importantly, time together with the ones you love, is what defines your duck season’s success, well, friend, no duck can compete with that. Ever.

Gathering decoys on his first morning duck hunting.

Gathering decoys on his first morning duck hunting.

Today Blind Insights takes a unique turn. We captured some father/son moments of Cole’s first duck season on tape while hunting one of the crown jewels of the Mississippi Delta, a lodge called Mallard Manor. My hope is that somewhere in the essence of this video you’ll find yourself longing to return to the roots of the sport that you have come to love over the years.

Jason Cruise is the founder of Mission Media & Resource Group. www.GoMission.net and www.MallardManor.com  

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