By Molly Kirk
Photos by Courtesy of Jake Henderson
Each month in the Hunting Notes from the Field email, we at the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) highlight one of our constituents and the role hunting plays in their life. Are you an avid hunter who would like to be featured or know someone who would be great to feature? We’d love to hear from you! Just email email@example.com and let us know!
Name: Jake Henderson
How did you get interested in hunting?
I was fortunate to be raised in a family of hunters. My dad took me deer hunting when I was 6 years old!
What do you love about hunting?
The physical and mental challenge. I’m always learning something new and finding new areas to hunt. I grew up deer hunting but recently started bird hunting, and it’s becoming one of my favorite hunts. I also started hunting in the National Forest on public land. It’s been truly rewarding to find deer after having to hike miles in a day. It’s hard, but it’s that challenge that I love.
Who was your hunting mentor?
I am fortunate to have several mentors—my grandfather taught me how to squirrel hunt, my father-in-law taught me how to process a deer, a good neighbor and friend has been teaching me how to quail hunt and the importance of conservation, and of course my dad has been my mentor all these years.
What’s been your most memorable day afield?
This is hard because I have so many. But this October I was deep in the mountains and got close to two bear cubs and watched them roll around and play with each other for several minutes. Then shortly after, there mother came in and played with them before leaving.
A few minutes later I heard turkeys gobbling just over a ridge, and then a small group of does walked by me. All of this happened on public land. It’s memorable to me because I spent hours scouting and hiking to that spot and I had never seen a bear while hunting before. Virginia has great public land to hunt!
Are you an avid hunter who would like to be featured or know someone who would be great to feature? We’d love to hear from you! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!