Avid hunter Nile Lienau from Ossian fears for the sport of hunting because of loss of waterways, less hunting ground and because it’s harder for hunters to get permission from farmers to hunt than sixteen years ago when he began hunting. He enjoys being outdoors in nature, either by viewing wildlife or hunting and is passing his passion down to his already eager young sons, Raymond and Earland.
This year Nile has harvested thirty-four ducks and twelve geese. Not bad for a hard working business owner who is taking care of his two young sons by himself. He also hunts raccoon, turkey, deer, geese and ducks. He has a nice trophy eleven point buck on his wall and some nice large antlers displayed about the house and some beautiful ducks he has mounted himself at his home.
“It’s his passion and has always been his life. His two young sons seem to follow in his footsteps. Raymond loves to go along goose and duck hunting. He is allowed to carry his BB gun (unloaded) and imagines he too, is hitting his target,” says Nile’s mother Sue Lienau. Raymond does know a lot about hunting as he showed me around their home with his duck call on his neck , showing what a raccoon pelt and deer pelt look like, explaining that the beautiful pheasant feathers in a vase is a collection of one feather from each pheasant his father has every harvested and Raymond plans on doing the same. Raymond also knows gun safety as he explained he never points the barrel of his BB gun up when walking with it and he knows how important it is to use a safety on a gun. He also understands what guns can do, and both boys have great respect for guns. They have seen the affect of shooting something and realize that the animal will not come back to life. Nile uses the BB gun of Raymond’s as a learning tool to prepare him for a real gun when he is older. Already, Raymond has become something of a sure-shooter as he practices shooting quarters with his BB gun in his shooting gallery downstairs.
Nile’s first great hunting memory was getting to go with his father, Ron, to Colorado Elk hunting when he was a sophomore in high school. Now, he is making memories with his boys. They enjoyed going to Chase the Adventure Hunting Club with their hunting dog Cindy and they brought home five pheasants and two quails. They continue to spend time together bonding over the sport of hunting, but they also like to go into nature view the beauty of wildlife where Nile takes photos and videos. Nile and Raymond are planning on an overnight trip this year on the Mississippi River duck hunting and they can’t wait.
“This is something I hope we can do together for the rest of our lives,” says Nile as he fears for what will become of the sport of hunting. We hope they can continue making memories together too.