So often these days I see the same faces at the draw every year. Same old groups of good friends that spend their weekends in a grass covered blind, standing in a flooded cornfield, or wading through the cattail covered marsh. For many years I can honestly say that I was apart of those groups, but the last few years I have taken it upon myself to take new people out with me and look and ask for new people to join my parties.
In the last few years I have taken two people that have never duck hunted before, one guy that had fallen out of it and was trying to start up again and one guy that had just started duck hunting and did not know many people that were in the sport (this guy was a complete stranger the first time I went hunting with him). Taking new people is what keeps our beloved sport alive. So many people today have never been hunting, kids go through life never being taught the fundamentals of the outdoors.
We are a dying breed and the only way for us to grow and thrive is if we all take it upon ourselves to find someone new to take them into the blind and invite them into a passion that will only grow stronger everytime they go.