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From left: Chase Allen, Hunter Bulich (with his beagle Remi), Sawyer Bulich and Travis Bulich with the glorious results of a successful rabbit hunt.

I recently got an email from Catskill’s Joe Bulich. The subject line read, “Hunting Beats Video Games.” He attached a photo, and the picture told the story; kids having fun in the aftermath and glorious results of a great day hunting rabbits with Joe and his son Hunter’s beagle, “Remi.” 

With all the hours of screen time kids and adults log these days, it’s refreshing to see local youth and their mentors outdoors getting fresh air hunting.

The unfortunate norm of everyone’s nearly constant use of cell phones, tablets, and laptops, not to mention TV, result in an inordinate amount of screen time. Combine that with COVID lockdowns and virtual learning, and the lack of time spent outdoors can take its toll.

In Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder,” the author proposes decreased exposure of children to nature in America is detrimental to their health.

The book has been described as an, “…influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.”

“Last Child in the Woods” posits, “…direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.”

It offers practical solutions and simple ways to fix the problem with many solutions being right in our own backyards.

While Joe Bulich may have known from experience that simply hunting rabbits in their “backyard,” was good for everyone who participated, the kids just knew they were having fun doing something they love.

It’s a lesson for young and old. Getting exercise outdoors with our families and friends, reconnecting with nature, especially in winter, is important and can be as simple as just spending time outside. Whether you hunt, trap, ice fish, snowshoe, hike or just take a long walk in the woods, it’s bound to do us all a world of good.

So, I guess Joe Bulich was onto to something, and I have to agree, hunting surely does beat video games.

Happy Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping until next time.

News and Notes

Shooters Sports Fur Buying Schedule: The fur buyer will be at Shooters Sports at 3067 Main Street, Valatie, every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through March of 2021.

Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club Trap Shooting: The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club located at 376 Fowler Lake Road in Ghent, now has trap shooting open to the public every Sunday Morning. It starts at 9 a.m. and ends when they either run out of shooters, or the when shooters run out of ammo.

Hunters for the Hungry Fundraising Raffle: The Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation (CCSF), is conducting its second fundraiser in the form of a raffle with all proceeds going to the local “Hunters for the Hungry” venison donation program. This is another great opportunity for the hunting and non-hunting public alike to support this worthy effort with the added chance of winning big money.

Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each for a one and only grand prize of $5,000. Tickets are sure to be sold out quickly once again. You can get one by contacting Julia Horst, Vice President of CCSF at 518-567-4302, or send an email to columbiasportsmen@gmail.com for more information.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

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