Our Young People

I’m bubbling proud of my young adult kids right now. We’ve just finished our first day of hunting. Our path into the area we scouted was blockedu, so I was frustrated and disappointed.

This is where the spirit of youth kicked in for the hunting party. “Dad, we can make it in there,” they begged. “Drop us off as far in as the truck will go, and we’ll hike the rest of the way.”

Honestly, I was so tired last night, I would have gladly accepted a whiny “let’s go home.” Instead, they were doubling down.

We actually made it in further than yesterday morning. Some snowmobiles plowed a bit of a manageable path. I just now dropped them off — they have 2.3 miles to hike.

Tabitha and Noah are asleep in the truck, and I’m tapping this out waiting for shooting time. We have a 5 minute walk to position; the young adults (ages 18, 17, 16 and 16) are walking through fresh snow to get in deep where the elk are.

I’m so proud of them. Pray they get something. I’ll be posting pictures on my Facebook and Twitter.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Jim

    I wouldn’t allow four teens to hike alone in the woods with high powered rifles. Only one of those kids is an adult (and just barely an adult, at that).

    • T. Gates

      I think it depends on the maturity of the teens. There are some adults that I would not allow to hike alone in the woods with high powered rifles.

      • Chris Jeub

        Thanks T. The four teens know safety and are superb young adults. Besides, Colorado hunting laws allow 16 year olds, and Micah (15) was being guided by the “barely” adult hunter. I love being able to trust these young people.

      • Ruth Nolastname

        I agree. I also think it depends on the training of the children involved.

  • Ruth Nolastname

    Jim, I think it’s fine to be critical of dangerous situations. However, it’s also important to recognize that Mr. Jeub knows his kids better than we do. I, too, was initially repulsed and had a knee-jerk reaction (“this sounds like a bad idea!) to his statement. However, the more I considered it, the more I remembered that, in hunting families, this isn’t out of the norm. When I was young, my brothers and I were taught to hunt as a means of providing food for our family and it wasn’t unusual for the “barely” adult boys to take one of us with them, while dad went with another child. I think it’s one of those issues where you depend on the adult to know the maturity level of the child- as much as I’m usually skittish about kids being given adult responsibilities or chores.