The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1956 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 11, 1956
Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY II, 1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB A BOY'S FIRST HUNT 1. Robert's off on his first duck hunt. Father and son bid ^d"oaby«F~to mom "as they pack equipment tor the lieid. T he first crack of the gun is heard'in woodland, marsh and covert this fall as millions take to the field once more. Among them will be a number of father and son hunters who -will be able to count success not only in the game bag, but in the strengthening of ties that bind them. When is a boy old enough to make the trip with dad? "When he is physically capable of handling an efficient firearm," says Kerwyn Daniel of New 3. "Don't," says dad. Robert draws warning against leaning guns against anything from which they might slip. Haven, Conn., whose 15- year-old son, Robert, is pictured here on his first duck hunt. "When that time comes," says Robert's father, "it can be assumed he will be mentally capable of absorbing all the do's and don't's associated with firearm ownership." Robert Daniel was enrolled by his father in a junior instruction class when he first started showing an interest in shooting. After proper schooling > in safety, shooting, and gun care, he was awarded his first gun—a20-gauge shotgun—and considered ready to accompany his father on a duck shooting trip. The pictures here tell the story of that first grand experience. 3. "Now do your stuff," fays Robert, patting his dog's head. But Cocoa, a Labrador retriever, doesn't have to be told. He's well trained and will b«. right there when the ducks start tumbling. BAGGED, Robert Daniel proudly holds up a pair of ducks, while his father took! 4. After patient waiting, the first live ducks appear as small specks on the horizon. When they are Into range, one peels off from the flock. Robert pulls off his first shot as his father supervises. 6. The veteran Cocoa can't understand all this fuss about just one duck, but he does enjoy the effusive petting of the happy youngster. 5. Cocoa retrieves duck from among the decoys. Robert ~.*TO, " couldn't wait for the dog to - ~™ b rm g nis ftrst duck directly to the blind—but dashed down ^, ^.. 4 ., to the shoreline to meet him. ~* -i^. Ikil WHk'i NC1UU SHQW-M

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