I like this thread. I as a very young boy did not really have a mentor. My dad quit hunting when his dad died. It wasn't till I was about 15 I was a troubled kid who was kinda on the wrong path.
I spent the rest of my teen years in a foster home. I know sounds like a sob story but it was my first foster dad who got me out of the house taught me to shoot and began taking me on hunts with him got me my hunter safety course and a handed down darton bow. That was 13 years ago and I still talk to him once a week and see him every hunting season.
If not for him the single biggest passion of my life may not exist. And now I can't wait till my two little ones are old enough to go in the woods.