Everyone has a favorite kind of leisure, whether it is reading a book, taking a walk, or just watching T.V., leisure is something that everyone has experienced. For me, my favorite kind of leisure is deer hunting. It is not only something I have done my whole life, but it is also something that has been a bonding experience in my family, and that has grown into a passion over time.
Growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas finding a place to hunt was never a problem. I remember getting up on cold fall mornings with my grandpa going out to the woods, and just sitting, listening, and waiting for the forest to come to life. My dad and grandpa first started taking me hunting when I was around 5 years old, so you could say that I was exposed to hunting at a young age. Hunting has always been a way that the men in my family have bonded, although all of the women in my family love the outdoors none of them were ever very eager to hunt. Another thing about living in the Piney Woods, as hunting may be seen as an expensive sport in other parts of the world and the country, as long as you had a gun and a hunting license, it was not hard to find a place to hunt.
As a child hunting with my relatives, I never was really involved in preparing for hunting season. As I grew older I began to become more and more involved in the work it took to get ready for the season, such as planting oat patches, and setting up corn feeders. This helped me to grow in y leisure, because it helped me to feel more relaxed because I was using something that I had worked hard to fix up for my recreation. When I turned 13 years old I started to hunt by myself, this helped me to develop more respect for hunting because I had more responsibility hunting by myself, because I was making decisions on my own. Being able to hunt by myself also increased the time that I could hunt, because being younger than my dad and grandpa, I could go hunting after school and on weekends when they had to...
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