In preparation for the hunting Robert will do in IL later this year, he already received his birthday and Christmas gifts so he could practice... a new bow and a tree climbing stand. He has been practicing shooting in the backyard and you can see that he is a pretty good shot!
And here he is practicing while he is ~15 feet up in a tree. We spent last Sunday at his dad's place so he could practice climbing, shooting, and falling. He and his dad devised a way to make the stand more stable while in the tree, which makes me happy.
The day after he got the stand, he put the fall arrest system on, went in the front yard, and "hung" himself from the tree to see what it felt like. At the same time, a neighbor was getting in his car to leave. I'm sure they were wondering what this crazy guy was doing!