Spring turkey hunting is one of my favorite things to do. There’s something about walking through the woods in the dark around 4 a.m. and listening to the spring peepers that makes my soul sing.
There’s a certain level of passion you must have to get up at the break of dawn to hunt, but the result is often rewarding.
Most kids simply want to make their parents happy, and that usually involves doing whatever their parents do. “I’ve Been Watching You” by Rodney Atkins comes to mind here, when the little boy mimics his days behavior from letting a cuss word slip to praying before bed.
I love books! I have a small library in my home. Eventually, I will get around to reading them all. When my daughter was younger, we read a book every night before she went to bed. I buy real books, not the electronic version. To me, there’s something about curling up with a good book.
What happens when you combine hunting, passion, children and book? A children’s book about one father’s passion for hunting and conservation and passing traditions down to his son.
Enter Drake’s Adventures.
Keith Beam quit the corporate world to pursue his dreams of writing and publishing books about hunting and conservation. His first book, Spring Thunder, takes us on a father and son’s first hunting adventure together. The main character, Drake, is so excited to help his dad get ready for tomorrow’s turkey hunt.
The night before the big hunt, Drake and his dad head out into the woods to roost some gobblers. One of my favorite things in the book is Keith’s reference to the owl call – “Who cooks for you, who cooks for all…” This took me straight into the woods where I could almost hear the owls hoot back, which in return makes the gobblers gobble!
The next morning, the hunt is on, and Drake waits patiently for his father’s wink before he sounds the first call.
This colorful and interactive sound book is a great way to get your kiddos excited about hunting. Keith does a great job of covering the basics of ethical hunting, including how to notch your tag once the bird is taken. Watching father and son walk out of the woods with a bagged bird is the ultimate reward, but Keith’s goal in writing this book wasn’t just to teach kids about hunting.
“Over the years, membership numbers of organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation have started to slide,” Keith said. “One of my goals with the Drake’s Adventures books is to help parents keep the younger kids interested.”
The NWTF does a great job promoting hunting and conservation through their JAKES program, but the program is designed for kids 10 and up. Drake’s Adventures are catered towards the younger kids who aren’t quite old enough to participate in organized youth hunting and conservation programs.
If you’re a hunter interested in teaching your kids about hunting and conservation, pick up a copy of Spring Thunder today!
If turkey hunting isn’t your thing, Drake’s next adventure is about a little boy’s first deer hunt with dad. Trick-or-Treat comes outJuly 23. If waterfowl hunting is your thing, Drake and his sister Cricket head out on a hunt with Dad in Cattail Point, available for sale in October.