The Meaning of #blessed

Morning coffee pondering – #Blessed

I hope you all had a blessed celebration day. It’s the day after Christmas, and as I scroll through the FB I see two types of people. Ones who think blessings are about gifts and ones who think they’re about Christ, family, and experiences.

The examples can be seen by comparing two pictures in the morning feed. One is of a momma who adopted two children. She shares a picture of them with HUGE smiles, sitting atop their horses, going for a Christmas ride. The other is of two young girls with meek faces and a HUGE pile of gifts behind them.

One photo caption says, “No one was ever THIS nice” with a hashtag #blessed and a comment below, from the mother, “We love our children so much.”

The other photo caption, “Do not educate your child to be rich. Educate them to be happy.”

Tell me, which children do you think are truly blessed? While I think presents are a blessing of which we should be thankful for, is a child who doesn’t receive a mountain of packages less blessed than one who does?

I hope you all received blessings this Christmas. I believe we all received the greatest one with the birth of Christ. I also believe God gave us this great world to behold and take care of and to delight in. Get outside. Take a family member, friend, or go it alone. Solo time in the outdoors is good for the soul.


Creating Confident Responsible Youngsters – NRA YHEC Program

Are you looking for a way to get your child off the couch, outside, learning, becoming a responsible young citizen? Learn more about the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. ~Mia

First Light: NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Casey’s gaze was steady. Her form exemplary. Raising and drawing her bow, the world around her faded to black. The coyote took off, reaching full stride in mere seconds. Tracking the predator for a fraction of a moment, Casey’s trigger finger reacted on instinct and her arrow sailed and hit home. A perfect shot behind the shoulder. Under normal circumstances, Casey’s next action would be admiring a trophy and a shot few hunters ever get a chance to take, let alone make. Today, however, 15-year-old Casey would simply move on, pleased with the addition of 10 points to her score, and the coyote-on-a-string target would be reset for the next hunter.

nra_yhec_flThe girl I just described, though fictitious, is as real as they come, and the feat she displayed occurs all across the country at various NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) events.

“If they could just get off the computer and stop playing those darned video games!”

“In my day, kids played outside and actually learned something.”

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Despite the particulars of the criticism, we’ve all heard it at some point in our lives. The message: Today’s youth aren’t spending as much time outdoors as we did. Is there some truth to it? For sure. Is technology to blame? In part, perhaps. Have we gone past the point of no return? Are the youth of tomorrow doomed to couch-potato status? Mobile device zombies with pop culture consumeristic dribble forced into their minds? Whoa, let’s not get carried away. While the fear of raising a generation of “indoor” children who may not chose to have hunting as a part of their lives is certainly justified, there is a segment of kids today that still see the woods as their playground and can probably teach you a thing or two about wildlife. Because for the more than 6,000 kids 18 and under participating in NRA’s YHEC program across the country, hunting is life.

Since 1985, the NRA YHEC program has been providing an exciting and practical environment for kids to develop and improve their hunting, marksmanship and safety skills. Deemed a “graduate” hunter education course, YHEC, through its simulated hunting scenarios, live-fire exercises and educational and responsibility events builds upon skills learned in basic hunter education courses and encourages safer, lifelong hunting habits. NRA’s YHEC program is developing the next generation of hunters. These are hunters who will buy licenses, practice ethical hunting and eventually pass along their knowledge of the outdoors to the next generation. And they are impressive.

While it’s true there are increasing challenges that stand in the way of youth participation in the hunting sports, technology, and in turn a lack of desire, are not solely responsible for this decline. Urbanization plays a bigger role. Places to hunt are becoming more difficult to find, and the hunting culture itself is beginning to fade. Historically, hunting was a tradition passed on to youngsters by older, experienced hunters, be they family members, mentors or friends. Unfortunately, in the technology-filled, time-strapped world we live in, many adults, faced with longer work hours and growing costs of living, are finding it harder and harder to make time to take kids afield. Some kids, despite their interest, may be part of a family where hunting wasn’t a tradition and have no one to turn to.

So, are you a parent who wishes you had more time and opportunities to share the outdoors with your children? Perhaps you work for a state game agency or are a hunter education instructor and are looking for ways to get more young people involved in the sport we love. Maybe you’re searching for ways to increase your hunting or shooting club’s outreach to the local community. Or maybe you’re just an adult who, as a kid, realized the value of time spent with grown-ups in the field, and you want to make sure the next generation is able to enjoy the benefits of hunting and the outdoors as well. In any case, the NRA YHEC program is the answer.

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Tips to get kids outdoors – Dan Small Radio


This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features children’s book authors Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, outdoor writer Jim Landwehr, meat-processing expert Chuck Miesfeld and pro angler Duffy Kopf. Jeff and Dan are deer hunting this week. They will have a full report on Wisconsin’s deer season next week.

National Outdoor Book Award-winning authors Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio offer advice on how to help kids enjoy the outdoors with their new book, The Secret Lives of Animals. (,

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 7.41.32 AMIn the Hupy and Abraham Outdoor Report, Jim Landwehr talks about his adventure camping book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. (,

Chuck Miesfeld, president of Miesfeld’s Meat Market in Sheboygan, offers advice on the care and handling of venison from the field to the processor. (

Exclusive to podcast and FM 100.5 ESPN broadcast, presented by Hupy & Abraham, Wisconsin’s largest personal injury law firm, with 11 offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Pro angler Duffy Kopf reports muskie action is slow but picking up on the Madison chain. (

Last chance to enter our November $100 Cabela’s gift card giveaway. Deadline is Nov. 30. (

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6th Annual Special Needs Horseback Ride


Hunt elk, bear, mule deer and merriam turkey with Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. - WCOI am proud to be a part of WCO, Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. We feel it is important to give back to the community. We offer a horseback ride each year to the Special Needs children of our community. This year’s ride was as wonderful as the past. We had plenty of help and were graced by the presence of Royalty. Archuleta County Fair Princess along with the Red Ryder Rodeo Queen and Red Ryder Rodeo Princess donated their time to assist with the kids. They along with the help of others made the ride safe, fun and successful.

We had so much fun and so many pics. Here are a few to make you smile! 

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