Outdoor lessons we learn from kids

Haven Harris and a recent spike she harvested.
Haven Harris and a recent spike she harvested.

Corey Harris has caught monster bass, killed trophy deer and done just bout anything outdoors in Louisiana that one could do. But it was on a hunt with his two growing-up-too-fast kids, daughter Haven and son Harley, that he was reminded of what time in the outdoors and how it relates to life is all about.

“I mean, this is as special as it gets,” he said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I was.”

Sibling love

What was an everyday hunting adventure one afternoon in November is a lesson or reminder for us all.

“This little girl right here has huge heart.” Harris said. “Yesterday while we were hunting her brother shot a deer. We hadn’t been in the stand very long at that time. When I told her we needed to go help him find his deer she began to cry. I mean real tears running down her face. She just wanted to hunt but her brother needed help.

Harley Harris and his 8-point that Haven helped locate.
Harley Harris and his 8-point that Haven helped locate.

“So long story short, we lost the blood trail. I mean we couldn’t find anything. That’s when I look over and she has her hat in her hand and her head bowed. I asked what she was doing and she said, ‘I was praying that we will find Harley’s deer because I don’t want him to be sad.’

“That made me smile the biggest smile,” Harris said. “A few minutes later we had given up and we’re walking back to the 4 wheeler, all of a sudden she said, ‘Look there it is.’ Low and behold the deer was laying within 20 yards of us. Her praying for us to find that deer and then her actually spotting it, that was more special than her brother killing it. Haven, I hope you never lose that good heart God has given you or the faith to stop and pray about things no matter how big or small.”

And that’s what it’s all about.

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About Kinny Haddox 492 Articles
Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, lakedarbonnelife.com and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.

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