Years ago, when I first started to introduce my two sons to the world of hunting, fishing and to nature in general,
whenever we would run across an empty can, food wrapper, or similar man-made trash item, I would pick it up and
carry it back to the truck and eventually dispose of it properly. I probably occasionally commented about slobs leaving their
trash in the woods, but don't believe I really made a big deal out of it to my boys. However, here we are a good
many years later and they are now grown men (40 and 34) and we spend a lot of time together deer, squirrel and turkey hunting.
I take a tremendous amount of pleasure and pride in seeing them return to the truck after a day of hunting, frequently carrying
one of more pieces of trash they ran across during their day in the woods. It isn't generally something we even discuss,
they just do it out of habit and their respect for nature. I'm sure we aren't especially unique in this regard.........most true
nature lovers do the same thing. It is, in my opinion, only a very small percentage of folks who thoughtlessly toss their
trash around while in the woods, field or even on the water, and I have never understood that behavior.
It isn't what happens to us, it is how we deal with it, that matters most.