Ok, so this is not Wilson, Scott, April, Lonnie, or Dave today. I’m one of the cogs in the machine of Primal Instinct tv, but today I’m hijacking the blog:)
Last weekend, Wilson appeared at the Louisville RV, Boat, and Outdoor Show on behalf of Primal Instinct to promote the show and teach a few turkey, duck, and goose calling seminars. Since the rest of the crew was unable to join him for the weekend, I went along to man the booth when he was out and just help with things in general.
It was a big show with a great attendance. This has primarily been an RV and boat show in the past, but they have been building the outdoor portion of the show over the past couple of years, so there really was something for everyone. It was fantastic to get to meet and talk to people who watch the show and hear their feedback. However, I was surprised by what turned out to be the best part of the show, for me anyway, and I think also for Wilson. It was the kids. There were lots of kids in attendance and they really could not care less that Wilson is on TV, but they were fascinated with those cool calls spread throughout the booth, and you should have seen their faces when he would show them the sounds he could make with them. It usually started with one child asking questions. Anytime a child asked, Wilson would blow the calls, and anytime he blew them, we ended up with a booth full of kids and adults alike. It was a game for the kids to guess what animal the call was for by the sound it made. I loved that two different little boys guessed the elk bugle to be an elephant!
Several of the kids were hunters themselves. They had already started in the sport with their Dad (or sometimes their Dad and Mom). Most of the time when you asked the kids what they like to hunt, the response was deer or turkey, however, we talked to one six year old who responded that he wanted to hunt bear and caribou! Let me tell you, he was quite knowledgable for his age. The kids were just astonishing. One of the best things was seeing that they got out and did something with their parents or other family members.
We have a video of Wilson teaching duck calling techniques posted on our Facebook page if you would like to see it. Although it is impressive, I have to say that his lesson with the kids topped it, but unfortunately, I was not prepared with the video camera at that time:( However, we do have some stills that we took in our photo booth of Wilson with many of the kids (which you can see at the end of this post). We made prints on the spot for Wilson to sign that the kids could take home with him.
All in all, it was a good weekend, and I think that Wilson might have an effect on at least one young life, hopefully more. I can’t get it out of my head when one little boy learned that he had just heard a world champion duck caller his response was, “You’re really standing right here?”. Priceless.