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ROBERT HANNEMAN PROFESSIONAL HUNT ADVISOR I t is hard to believe that May is already here, and it is even harder to believe how quickly this application season is flying by. Hopefully you have had some success in the draw and you are already in the planning stages of a great adventure. I have talked to a number of you who have already drawn great tags, and I can tell you that here at Huntin’ Fool, we are excited for you and the adventures that lay before you. You may not know it, but you drawing a tag helps everyone at Huntin’ Fool. The information you learn and share can be passed on to other members, just as past tag holder members have helped you. We are a community of hunters who love to help each other and share in each other’s success. We are all from different backgrounds and enjoy hunting for different reasons, but we are bonded together as hunters. Speaking of sharing in each other’s success, there was a major milestone in the Hanneman household this winter. My middle son, Caleb, passed his Montana hunter education class at nine years old. Amy and I are proud of him as this was something he really wanted and studied hard for. I had the opportunity to sit through the class with him and was extremely impressed with the volunteers who put it on. It is important to take a minute to thank all the people out there who take the time to teach these hunter safety classes. I know it can be a thankless job sometimes, but I am thankful for the time and energy they put in to instill safety and ethical hunting into the new generation of hunters taking to the field each year. It is funny how the mind of a nine- year-old works. As soon as we left the class, Caleb wanted to know what tags we were going to apply him for this year. It was a great conversation to have with him, and by the time we made it home, I had agreed to apply him for all the states he was old enough to apply in. As a backup to the draw, Caleb and his older brother, Connor, decided they should plan a cow elk hunt in Idaho on a buddy’s ranch along with a Montana general deer hunt and spring bear hunts in Idaho and Montana. It doesn’t matter if you are 9 or 99, it is fun to plan a hunt, and that is what they did. Amy and I have decided that 2017 is going to be about the boys’ hunts, so that is where we are going to dedicate the majority of our time. We will still do a few hunts for ourselves, but we only have so much time before sports and life will cut into their hunting time. I encourage each of you to take a youth or a new hunter into the field in 2017. I promise it will be a great experience for you to share your knowledge with them. There is no better feeling than enjoying a hunt through the eyes of someone who has never experienced it. CONNOR’S IDAHO BEAR 6 ROBERT’S SON, CALEB, WHO PASSED HIS HUNTER EDUCATION CLASS