When I have discussed young people and their involvement in the outdoors on this website, more often than not I express my concern for at least two generations that appear, for the most part, to be disconnected from the environment. Look around when you are out in the wild. How many young people do you see in the timbers, prairies, or wetlands? My guess is the number will be low.
Today I went out in a public timber to chase whitetail deer with my camera. With the rut in full swing, I knew there was a possibility of seeing a buck, perhaps a large buck. My apparel for the outing was a ghillie suit for camouflage. I even carried doe-in-heat lure as an attractant for a big buck looking for love. My goal was to find a suitable location near where I knew the deer were moving through.
I sat and waited for an hour or more and saw only a couple of does.
Then a noise changed the atmosphere in the timber. It was an unnatural noise coming from behind me, but clearly moving around in the timber. At first I was frustrated that people would be loud in the woods. Then I realized the voices were young people.
Young people having fun in the timber were interrupting my whitetail deer photography, and that was just fine with me. Young folks having a good time in the woods will hopefully lead to future outings for the kids and their families. Based on the sounds they were making, much fun was had by all.
With unnatural noise in the woods I knew I would not be seeing any bucks. So, I changed directions and photographed scenes I observed from my deer hunting spot.