By Haley Heath, host of Family Traditions on Sportsman Channel.
Mother’s Day is such a special day to show your love and appreciation towards your mother. All around people will be celebrating the lives of their Moms on this special day, whether it is sending a card, calling, having dinner, or just spending the day together. This Mother’s Day, I will be celebrating being a mother…but in the woods with my children!
I am a loving wife and proud mother of two young children, and I have been hunting since I was six years old. On Family Traditions on Sportsman Channel, I hunt with my family and friends across the globe, enjoying the outdoors and time together, as well as the passion of hunting. I travel with G.O., my husband, and at times, in kid friendly camps, we take our young children, Gunner and Dakota. At age 6, I shot my first deer with my daddy, and once G.O. and I got married, we built our house on that exact spot. And the deer? It’s mounted inside.
Throughout my childhood, my mother would often go with me in the woods. Watching her passion of the outdoors showed me it was okay for women to enjoy hunting, just as it was passed down to her. Now being a mother of two, I feel it is important to pass this tradition on to my children. Whether they grow to hunt as their passion or not, I want them to understand what I do and what has been a huge part of our family for generations. Quite frankly, it’s more than a hobby or job, it’s a lifestyle.
Being a woman in the outdoors shouldn’t have a stereotypical look as far as “outside” appearances go. Most people that I meet are unaware of the show and would never guess my profession. I, like any woman, enjoy days at the spa, being a soccer mom, going to Atlanta to shop and getting my hair done and dressed up for events; however, I am most comfortable in my “cam,” with my family enjoying the wonderful outdoors. I truly believe I’ve achieved the balanced work, life and family trifecta successfully. It’s a challenge, of course, balancing being a professional, mother and wife, but it’s the most rewarding lifestyle. And being a mom takes the top spot.
This year, like so many in the past, I will be sitting with my children at the break of dawn waiting to hear a turkey gobble and hoping to get a shot at one. Regardless of the hunts outcome, this Mother’s Day will forever be etched in my memory, because we are doing exactly what we love and so many of our family members have loved and passed down throughout the years.
So, to all those reading this—whether you’re a mother yourself, a proud husband, or a thankful child—Happy Mother’s Day weekend!