Without getting preachy or too political, it really can be discouraging to watch what America has become in recent years. In our daily life we are force fed agendas that are progressive and far reaching from what our founders believed. We witness individuals and groups spend time and money either convincing us there is no God or doing everything they can to wipe his presence from mainstream America. They campaign to limit or ban firearms in the name of safety when the real criminal element is fostered through cultures that have no ambition; no family values and relies on others to take of them. We watch those who feel entitled take from those who sacrifice to build their own security. There is wider gap between different cultures and races than I have seen in my 39 years along with a lack of respect for these differences.
The forming of Fit To Hunt and our key values was no accident. It was a deliberate strategy to help bring back the values and beliefs that this country was founded on and what made it great. However, there are times when it seems like a lost cause. And then, there are times when an experience sheds light on the fact that those morals really aren’t lost.
Last night, the Fit To Hunt team attended the fundraising banquet for the Gateway Greenway chapter of Ducks Unlimited in St. Louis, MO to help raise money for wetland conservation. We wanted to support their efforts and donated a Fit To Hunt training package for their auction to help raise funds. I had never been to an event like this but was excited to meet some new folks and build awareness for Fit To Hunt in the duck hunting community. It seemed like a win/win for our team and a pretty good way to spend a Saturday night. What we experienced from the moment we walked through the doors of the banquet hall/gymnasium was the type of values and respect we thought had disappeared in the majority of society. Instead of simply building awareness for our business and mission we were reminded that back country morals really are alive and well.
What did this look or feel like? Well, it kind of went like this:
1. Members of the duck hunting community coming together to raise money to preserve wetland environments for future generations of hunters to enjoy.
2. Every man, woman, and child in the room unashamedly bowing their head in prayer to begin the evening.
3. Honoring the military veterans in the room and allowing both them and their families to go through the banquet line first.
4. Strangers coming together to enjoy a meal and talk about issues, ways of life and principles that I thought were lost or at least discouraged by mainstream media and progressive thinkers.
5. Mutual admiration and respect shown by all. Everyone was friendly, everyone was respectful and everyone extended a hand. Something I don’t often see in the day to day activities of the office, grocery store, etc.
Oh, and did I mention it was fun? We laughed, had a few beers (in moderation of course) and in the end, got far more from the event than simple advertising or brand awareness. We left knowing that what we are told on TV from news outlets, political leaders and activist organizations, while wildly different from what we think and believe, isn’t near as far reaching as what I thought. Back country morals still exist, but the further America drifts away from what we were founded upon, the more important it is for people like you and I to talk about, live and promote these concepts.
It isn’t about turning people into hunters or convincing them to own a firearm. If you don’t like to hunt or don’t want to have a gun in your house, that is fine by us. What isn’t fine is for one group to fundamentally change what has worked for several hundred years solely for the sake of progress, or force feed you what they believe you should think or feel.
This is a call to all of the Fit To Hunt Tribe: Wear your back country morals on your sleeve and show the world that country doesn’t mean ignorance. It means living, promoting and getting back to the roots of what makes America great!