MEET 4 YEAR OLD EMMY DUBOIS AND HER POPPA

Photography By: Christian Dubois

Photography By: Christian Dubois

About two months ago, I stumbled across a Daddy/Daughter team on the LaCrosse Footwear instagram. The caption below the picture of the camo clad little girl read, “One day she will no longer need me to guide her in the woods. She won’t need me to help her aim her gun. She won’t need me to always be looking over her shoulder. One day she’ll take the reigns, and it’ll come back around. The things I’ve taught her, she’ll reteach to me. The things I’ve instilled in her, she’ll pass on. The way she was raised will be spread to others.” I immediately had to follow Christian Dubois’ instagram. This post tugged at every heart string I had as the daughter half of a Daddy/Daughter hunting buddy friendship. In fact, it choked me up. Scrolling through Christian’s pictures I noticed picture after picture of his little girl and I was in awe of how cool she seemed. It was clear she has Christian wrapped around her little finger. I wanted to get to know 4 year old Emmy more to learn about her perspective of experiencing the outdoors with with her “Poppa,” and vice versa.

PROFILE:

Name: Emaline Adlè Dubois
Age: 4
Hometown or Vicinity: Cypress Island, Louisiana
Father:  Christian Dubois
Future Occupation: "A Gun Shooter"
Favorite Color: Blue

Daughter Bio: Emmy began going with her Dad into the woods on short scout trips when she was just one year old. Leading up to that point, she always went to bed watching duck or deer hunting shows, and she still does to this day. Christian knew the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it came to Emmy. As Emmy got older, her Dad made sure that with every chance he got, she would be with him in the woods, duck blind, or out fishing. “She's picked up on a lot for a 4 year old little girl,” he says.

Father Bio: Christian started hunting with his grandfather when he was 3 years old. His grandfather would take him everywhere he went, whether it was the woods or a duck blind. The older he got, Christian was able to find other folks to show him the ropes, all of which he is very thankful for to this day. Since he was young, Christian has had a special passion for God’s outdoor creations and always dreamed of being able to pass that passion down to his little ones someday.

EMMY:

Q: What's your favorite thing your Daddy has taught you how to do?

A: “FISH!”

Q: What's something you can't do right now that you want to do when you're older/bigger?

A: "I wanna shoot a big gun when I grow up."

Q: What do you like to do outside?

A: "Play in the mud puddles." 

Photography By: Christian Dubois

Photography By: Christian Dubois

Q: What's your favorite thing about hunting?

A: "Shooting deer."

Q: What's your favorite thing about fishing?

A: "That you're (Poppa) coming with me!"

Q: What do you like doing with your Daddy more? Hunting or fishing? Why?  

A: "Fishing…because…so…I like spending the day with you (Poppa)."

Q: What else do you like to do?

A: "Buy key chains!"

Q: Would you rather wear dresses or camo?

A: "Camo..” *Rolls her eyes*

Q: Tell me about the dogs you train/your dog/s.

A: "I train Jet and Merle and Deke and Cash when he comes back home." (Cash was their old black lab that died in November. Emmy and Cash were inseparable, and she talks about him daily!)

Q: What advice would you give other outdoorsmen? 

A: "Hunting tools for them."

Q: Favorite snack in the woods or on the boat?

A: "Bologna sandwich with all the bologna."

Q: Funniest quote while hunting/fishing?

A: "That's a big ole bass!"

Q: What should every outdoorsmen have with them at all times?

A: "A going fishing and hunting joke."

Q: Bow or baseball hat?

A: "Baseball hat!"

Q: Do you have special jobs when you go out with your Dad?

A: "I, um..shoot and fish, but I don't have to shoot bears, I shoot deers. And my Poppa shoots ducks, but Poppa has guns for me so I can practice!"

Q: Does your daddy have a favorite saying? 

A: "Cash is at heaven, but he will come back to Kansas for us." Christian says, “she knows how to pull my heart strings.” 

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat of what you shoot/catch?

A: "Ducks."

CHRISTIAN:

Q: What's something you can't do right now that you want to do when you're older/bigger?

A: “Right now, I'd like to work less, and be able to spend more time outdoors with the kids. It will happen with time!”

Q: What do you like to do outside?

A: “Anything! I love being outdoors, and every single element that comes with it.”

Q: What's your favorite thing about hunting?

A: “Sunrises. Something about being up before the world, and watching the outdoors wake up.”

Q: What's your favorite thing about fishing?

A: “Ehhh, I'm not that great of a fisherman, I like when I'm catching!”

Q: What do you like doing with Emmy more? Hunting or fishing? Why?

Photography By: Tanner Smith (@tsmithhunt)

Photography By: Tanner Smith (@tsmithhunt)

A: “I like hunting with her more. I feel she engages herself more to her surroundings when we're out in the woods or in the duck blind. When we're fishing, she's good for about 3-5 fish, then she starts getting side tracked like a typical 4 year old.”

Q:What advice would you give other outdoorsmEn?

A: “Life is short, appreciate the little things, and look for the positive in every situation. If it's raining on your parade, dance in it.”

Q: Favorite snack in the woods or on the boat?

A: “I'm from South Louisiana, our "snacks" in the woods tend to be different. Last season, we fired up some backstraps in the blind a few times. That's one of my favorites!”

Q: What should every outdoorsmEn have with them at all times?

A: “A compass, a pocket knife, and a good pair of boots.”

Q: What do you wish for Emmy in the future in terms of the outdoors and in life in general?

A: “I want her to always enjoy it to the fullest. I want her to always be humble, but confident in all of her adventures.”

Q: What’s advice you’d like to give future Emmy?

A: “Sheesh...that little girl is my world. I want her to know Poppa will ALWAYS be there for her, and she can do anything she puts her mind to.”

Q: Is there anything you worry about having a daughter?

A: “I worry for the boys!”

Q: What advice would you give parents about getting their kids outdoors?

A: “Don't force them, the last thing you want to do is kill their drive for the outdoors. Make it fun, take them on little trips, and show them a sunrise or two. One thing that I believe helped me with keeping Emmy interested is that when we are hunting or on trips, I don’t leave when I'm ready, we leave when she's ready so she doesn't get worn out.”

I look forward to seeing much more from these two and to see Emmy evolve in the years to come!

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