Craig Morgan: A Hunt with Mom

Craig Morgan: A Hunt with Mom
Craig Morgan: A Hunt with Mom

First deer came at 12 as he sat in his mother's lap

Watch “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors” and you get a glimpse of the popular country music performer’s passion for living the outdoor lifestyle. His enthusiasm is undeniable and it can be traced back to a memorable childhood moment shared with his late mother, Betty Sue Crockett.

“I grew up in an outdoor kind of family and when dad was working she’d take us fishing and hunting,” recalls Morgan, host of the popular series on Outdoor Channel. “Mom passed away last year and that makes this story all the more meaningful.”

Morgan tells the story with the same enthusiasm as if it happened now, instead of some three decades past.

It was a crisp, cool fall morning when at the time 12-year-old Morgan and his mom slipped into the middle Tennessee woods. Morgan toted a Savage 12-gauge shotgun loaded with a 00 buck shot shell, intent on using it to harvest his first deer.


The hunt would be simplicity at its finest, with no trees stands to carry or trees to climb.


“We sat down at the base of a tree and I was actually sitting in her lap, between her legs like you do when you’re turkey hunting,” he muses. “We were just sitting there quite as we could be, waiting for a deer to come by. Sure enough, a decent-sized doe came by and I took it, sitting in my mom’s lap. That’s a story you don’t hear about often.


“We hunted and did everything outdoors as a family. But mom always wanted us to know that she was just as capable of doing anything my dad could do out there. That we could count on her to go all the way with us when we went fishing or hunting.”

On this trip, she did that and more.

“Now what’s really funny about it was me helping my mom field dress my first deer, rather than the other way around,” he recalls. “Basically, I learned how to field dress a deer from my mom.”


Above all else, Morgan’s first deer story is a page taken from the chapters of a family storybook where sharing the outdoors has been the common theme for generations.

Recommended for You

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications. News

Game & Fish Magazine Names New Editorial Director

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications.

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat. Guns

MidwayUSA Pro Series Shooting Mat

G&F Staff

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat.

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere. Records

State Records Reported in Maryland, Michigan

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Costa

Costa's Award Winning Waterwoman Sunglasses

Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about all of the great features that made the new Waterwoman frame a big winner at the 2019 ICAST show as well as out on the water.

MLF Pro Tips: Go-To Baits for the Spawn

MLF Pro Tips: Go-To Baits for the Spawn

Major League Fishing pros talk about the first lure they choose when targeting spawning bass.

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead gets new product details from Simms Fishing Product's John Frazier about the new waterproof 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish time after time. Catfish

10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish...

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options. Catfish

12 Great Catfish Baits

Jeff Samsel

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options.

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a species Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

See More Stories

More Stories

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human Stories

Coyotes In Suburbia

Stephen D. Carpenteri - November 30, 2016

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human

Where and how some of the state's best archery bucks were killed last season. Whitetail

Oklahoma's Big Archery Bucks of 2018

Kelly Bostian

Where and how some of the state's best archery bucks were killed last season.

From a world-record crappie to the best gear of the year, these hunting and fishing articles were most popular with our readers. Stories

Game & Fish's Top 10 Stories of 2018

G&F Online Staff - December 24, 2018

From a world-record crappie to the best gear of the year, these hunting and fishing articles...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×