Eight-year-olds rarely rise at 4 a.m. It usually takes nothing less than the anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus to stir a youngster awake that early.
A developing love of nature can be quite a motivator, though. I was a proud papa this past turkey season as my little Bailee, time and time again, rose from her slumbers long before daybreak with a sense of purpose.
On the opening day of youth turkey season, Bailee and I were settled in our blind long before daylight. The conditions were perfect, and I knew it was going to be a special day.