Being part of a family has its ups and downs. It is full of difficult decisions and special bonds. It’s a constant reminder that no matter how many times a person gets embarrassed by a family member, there is no one else they would rather be embarrassed by. However, it’s also about those moments that stay in a person’s heart forever. Those small things families do to stay close; Sunday meals, Monday night football and Thursday night games.
But for the Cordsiemon family, it’s a once a year opportunity to do what they love with the people they love most, each other. Every year, since Ron Cordsiemon Sr. was a young boy, he has enjoyed child and adult hood memories of time spent with his father, his brothers, his sons and now his grandson, Ronnie Cordsiemon III.
“We’ve been to Colorado duck hunting. We’ve been to Texas goose hunting and several places in between,” said Brad Cordsiemon, the youngest son of Ron Sr. and Jo Ann Cordsiemon. “This last trip we went on to Canada was our Mecca trip, as we were able to get the hunt while the ducks were still new and we were able to do it together.”
“For us to get up there and experience everything when it’s fresh and to do that with my dad and my brothers and my nephew was kind of the ultimate duck hunting trip,” said Brad. “I think of all the things in my life, I would say duck hunting and goose hunting with my family is the most sentimental thing for me, it has the most value.”
But it’s not just Brad that feels this way. His father said he could care less about where they go, although Canada was a great place, as much as whom they go with.
However, Ron Sr. said his need for family and for these special trips is something that stems from his own childhood and hunting with is father and brothers.
“We used to have property just south of B.K. Leach and that’s where my dad, George; my brothers and my self would always go,” said Ron. Sr. “And over the years I have carried over those teachings and experiences to my children.”
Ron Jr. said he remembers taking trips as a kid and the fun memories he has with his dad. He added that what means even more to him, as well as to Ron Sr. is that his son Ron III gets to enjoy these experiences with his grandfather; something the other children were deprived of due to Georges passing when they were kids.
“The stuff dad taught me about hunting, safety and family is something I have helped pass down to my brothers Brain and Brad, as well as my son,” said Ron Jr. “We actually plan our vacation day’s around being able to take this hunting trip every year.”
Brad said he has been going on these trips since he was six-years-old and can still remember his first time out. He said he remembers playing Duck and Geese, where one would pretend to be the duck or goose and the other would pretend to be the hunter.
“I remember when I was six-years-old, my dad would tell me to shut up and sit still a lot, because I was just so up around the blind,” said Brad. “I remember when I was nine-years-old my dad gave me my first single shot 20 gauge and I got my first duck. It was a Wood Drake and I shot it off the water.”
Brad said he remembers shooting that duck with his brothers sitting right behind him, ready to do the same.
“This was a very special moment for me, not because I got my first duck, but having my father carry me across the water to collect it,” said Brad. “I had these extremely goofy blue gloves on that looked like you could go skiing in them. I mean back then, you just kind of found whatever fit and wore whatever.”
What Brad say’s takes him back to that moment, was when his nephew Ron III got his first kill and how excited he was.
“Seeing my little nephew Ron III getting involved, is just something that can’t be explained. It’s a feeling that can’t be summed up in a word,” said Brad. “The first Sunday night we went out, there was a group of geese that came in and we let Ronnie take the shot. There were seven of us out there, but we wanted to let Ronnie shoot first, he was the youngest. We’re all standing outside our blinds, and was really kind of an awkward deal, but my runt 12-year-old nephew jumps up and shoots the first goose, and I’m video taping it from behind, he shoots and drops it and I was all excited. You just get overwhelmed with excitement for him, fist pumping and everything else, but then he swings over and shoots a second one, which in duck hunting it’s not impossible to shoot a double or triple when your shooting two or three ducks, but to be 12-years-old and stay on it and show that kind of persistence, is just amazing to witness.”
Brad said for him it was more like Christmas morning; yelling, jumping and seeing his nephew do all the things they did as kids and still do today just leaves a smile on his face every time.
Ron Jr. said for him it’s the pride of a father. It’s a moment that stands out being able to share the joy and excitement his father did all those years ago.
“I love taking him out with us,” said Ron Jr. “I love seeing him have the same passion we did and do. I love being able to watch him enjoy and appreciate the time he gets with his uncles and his grandfather. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing, when experience that with somebody. Like your family or friends, that means more to me than anything in the world.”
Brain said each year means more and more to him, because he knows they don’t have that much time together.
“I can see my nephew being like we were when we were his age; looking up to his dad, my brother Ron Jr. ,” said Brian. “When we go on these trips were able to just be us. No one knows who were are and whether it’s a good trip or bad trip, as far as the hunt is concerned, it’s always a great experience because we are with each other.”
During their last trip Brain said they were able to kill 95 geese on they’re first day, which is the most they have ever gotten. According to him, when they went to Texas they got 126 after five day’s, but when they went to Canada they ran out of shells and had to stop.
“It’s not about saying this is what we killed or this is what we did, but you look around and look at each other and it’s just a feeling that I would take over any other any day,” said Brian. “Family is the most important thing, at least that’s how we see it. No matter what happens or what comes about, I know at the end of the day, I have them and they have me and that’s what’s important.”