Time afloat with a fun kid

062010ashton2_mp002 I’ve shared the outdoors with a wide variety of people.

Billionaires have been my buddies on western Kansas pheasant hunts and I’ve fished with professional athletes.

Governors from several states have sent me friend-to-friend e-mails to talk fly-fishing or turkey calling. I’ve enjoyed some amazing deer hunts with professional entertainers.

I had just as much fun with six-year-old Ashton Barkdull while bowfishing Tuesday night at Wilson Lake.

His dad, Ryan, let me tag-along as they spent about seven hours in his specially-rigged bowfishing boat.

I knew the kid was precocious with his “I’m Ashton Barkdull, pleased to meet you, Mike,” seconds after I climbed into the truck.

Ashton possessed a unique blend with skills of an experienced outdoors man along with the curiosity and bewilderment of a child. He hit it hard all night without a complaint and knows what he’s doing with a bow – including being safe.

062010ashton2_mp001Then again, it would be tough to imagine a better adventure for a small boy who loves the outdoors.

You can read more about Ashton and bowfishing at night on Sunday’s outdoors page. Be sure to go to www.kansas.com to see more photos after you read the article.