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My Experience with the Texas Brigades
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 • Posted September 7, 2011

Hello, I’m Stayci Seaquist and I went to the Buckskin Brigade camp in Uvalde, Texas thanks to my grandparents Mike and Jean Seaquist. I was at my grandparent’s house when my grandma showed me an article from the Texas Brigades and I thought it was really interesting and I applied and got in. I want to go back as an assistant herd leader and a cadet at the Bobwhite Brigade.I thought I knew a lot about deer before I went to the Buckskin Brigade, but I really didn’t. On my first day there we dissected a doe that was pregnant with twins. I didn’t think deer could have multiple fawns and that was amazing to me because I’m a twin. We also learned about plants and what they like to eat. I took a lot of notes because everyday we would have deer trivia and a plant quiz. We also learned a lot about safety with guns and why you wear orange when you are hunting. I also had the opportunity to get my hunting license there. I took a course and a quiz at the end of the week to get my license.Every morning and night we did cadences and marching. It helped us be loud and not afraid to use our voice. It was fun because every time you marched by another herd you would yell your loudest to show them you’re not afraid of them. We learned a lot over that short amount of time and now I’m teaching others what I learned to go back and to show that we did learn over the summer, but in a fun way. The Brigades motto is; tell me I forget, show me I remember, and involve me I understand. And that is exactly what they did, they involved us cadets. When we were making our plant identification booklet, we campers had to find the plants and cut off some of the branches to show the differences and what deer use it for. We also learned about gun safety and got to shoot two different guns at two different targets. We also got to do archery and one of my friends, Justin, shot all of his bows in the bulls-eye area. They challenged our skills in archery by trying to hit a dummy deer. And it was hard and I missed it by an inch! We also learned about GPS and GIS. Each of my herd campers had a ball and we hid it somewhere for each other to go find it using only the GPS. We also played a lot of games, and my favorite was who dun it? I was a game warden and I pasted by these two fishermen and they looked suspicious. So I checked out their location and I noticed that they were shooting deer and birds illegally. They had expired hunting licenses and they stole a driver’s license! It was fun because I felt like an agent in the show CSI. We also learned about rattling and aging deer on the hoof. Everything at the camp was a competition. And for the rattling competition I was the rattler while Karen was my hunter. We had to say what season it was and where the wind was coming from. We got third and for marching we got first! On the fourth day we had to make a tri fold about what our favorite thing was that we learned about that and I chose Ethics in Hunting. I chose that because we need to show a positive way in hunting and how we show off our deer.It is $400 or you can get scholarship money to help, mine were my grandparents because they really wanted me to go and I’m glad I did. There are multiple camps you can attend. There is the Buckskin, Bass, Bobwhite, and Waterfowl Brigade. It is a leadership development camp and helps you tackle the media. I hope you or your child apply at any of these camps by going to texasbrigades.org and say Stayci Seaquist recommended that you apply. It is an amazing and unimaginable camp to go to!

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