My daughters are gear junkies.  It’s true.

We have lived most of our lives getting our daughters into the outdoors.  Hunting, fishing and camping are their favorite past times.   We have taken great pride in the fact that we have taught them how to love the outdoors as well as the hunting and shooting sports.  It is no doubt a great source of pride that our daughters know how to shoot a variety of firearms, know how to appreciate high quality optics and understand what it means to use technical packs and footwear.  We have raised them right.Well, my 18 year old daughter informs me that she would like a new bow.  Not only does she want a new bow, but she wants it complete with Spot Hogg sights and QAD rests.  Oh, and a nice release to go with it.  That’s all.  Oh, and while we are at it, she informs me she would also like to get a new 9mm handgun.  While there is a huge part of me who is thrilled beyond description that she loves the archery and shooting sports as much as she loves to hunt, I am equally thrilled to know she would prefer these items over a Gucci bag, a day at the spa or acrylic nails.  We have taught her well to understand and appreciate the nuances of prime gear and equipment.  But couldn’t she have figured that out at a later date?  Like, say, when she was married?

The agony continues.  My 15 year old daughter overhears the conversation and mentions that she has a hankering for the Bowtech Heartbreaker and a new Smith & Wesson .22 pistol.  Wow.   They’ve just upped the ante.  I briefly tried a fake out with another bow from another company.   No takers.  No way. No how.  And she is definitely a long way from the legal marrying age.

I have tried a variety of bait-and-switch offers with both of the girls to no avail.  Only the best will do.  So I suppose in some strange way, we raised them right.  So it looks like we are on the hook for these items at some point.  Being parents who love the outdoors, shooting sports and hunting, denying these items to our children would be like denying oxygen.   Or coffee.

Raise your kids in the outdoors.  You will never go wrong .  Just don’t introduce them to high end gear!