Outside where cars are usually parked, first-rate fishing boats and four wheelers lined the lot. Just beyond the parking lot in the field, you could hear the words “Pull!” followed by a loud shot and an exploding clay pigeon. Step inside and you would think you were walking through a monument of some of the biggest and most feared wild animals that roam the earth. No, the Humble Civic Center was not having an Outdoor Sports Convention. Northeast Houston Baptist Church kicked off their first Men’s Wild Game Dinner with a bang, literally. Located in Atascocita, 300 men and their young boys stood in lines to test their skills at skeet shooting and the archery and BB range. Exhibits from Academy, Gander Mountain, Holeshot and more added to the flair. Bass fishing professionals held mini-tutorials and men fired up the grill featuring a feast fit for a manly-man that ranged from your basic beef brisket, to grilled elk and kangaroo. All this with the hope of drawing in men and their boys from the community for a night out built around their interests. “We wanted to reach out to the men of their area and create an experience for them and their boys” Wade Smith said. After perusing the exhibits and trying out their shooting skills, all the men sat down at the exotic buffet and readied themselves to hear from the keynote speaker. Dr. Paige Patterson is an internationally recognized wild game hunter and honored the guests with tales of his many hunts, accompanied by a slide show. Patterson is in the record books for many of his trophy kills, and eyes widen as he delivered pictures of them featuring a lion, black bear, leopard, hippo and more. Patterson is also known for his position as president of the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, but big game hunting is his hobby and he loves sharing stories. “I have had some close calls, but I would do it all over again,” Patterson remarked. With the night being about dads and their children, Patterson emphasized the need to teach our young ones responsibility, the importance of life and the need for fathers to be involved in the lives of their kids. “You can trace gangs, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and more to the lack of a father figure in the lives of our kids,” said Patterson. Local businesses pitched in with door prizes and the evening ended with six lucky participants walking away with guided fishing trips, hunting trips and a leather recliner that was donated by Skero’s Furniture in Kingwood. Bonds were made and good times had as the place was lined with laughter and smiles looking forward to next year’s event. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: President of SW Baptist Theological Seminary and international wild game hunter, Dr. Paige Patterson relives some his greatest hunts with the men and boys at the Men’s Wild Game Dinner. Photo by Wesley Orton

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