By William Midkiff
In 1952, Glenn Scriber was born in the rural town of Bernice, and the love of the great outdoors has stayed with him every day since.
Scriber, currently the District Six police juror for Lincoln Parish, was raised in a large family with two parents and eight siblings, and it was in this environment that his love for nature grew.
“I was influenced by my father—he was a tremendous outdoorsman,” Scriber said. “Unfortunately, he got killed in a car wreck when I was but nine years of age, but my remembrance of him is how he loved to carry me down into the woods, as just a father and a young kid.”
Scriber’s father had passed his knowledge of the outdoors to all of his children, five of which were older brothers to Scriber.
“My older brothers stepped in and took over that leadership role of taking me hunting, fishing, things like that,” Scriber said. “They almost took on a parental role in my life, to tell you the truth.”
It was through this brotherly leadership that his lifelong calling to the natural world was formed.
“I ended up having a true passion for being in the outdoors,” Scriber said.
Throughout his adult life, Scriber has tried to share that passion with the youth and has noticed that there’s plenty of lessons to be learned in it, especially when hunting.
”There’s a discipline that comes along with being successful in anything, hunting is no different,” Scriber said. “Any sporting event—and yes, hunting is a sporting event—takes practice. Practice, again, takes discipline. You have to be self-motivated in order to be successful.”
Scriber also believes, however, that there’s a lesson to be learned even when a hunting trip doesn’t end in a trophy.
“You’re not going to be successful in the hunting world every time you go out, just like any other event that you participate in,” Scriber said. “Killing something is absolutely not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is getting out there and doing it right, and if you happen to be successful in killing some game, that’s really icing on the cake.”
This mentality of “doing it right” ties back to Scriber’s top priority for hunting: safety. Over the years, he has been a part of teaching many children how to hunt, and safety is always paramount when teaching hunting.
“The number one priority, of course, would be a safety issue,” Scriber said. “We are dealing with a weapon. It might be a bow, it might be a shotgun, it might be a rifle, but we are talking about a weapon that sends a projectile out into the open. You have to be conscious of that.”
For anybody interested in learning more about hunting or the outdoors in general, Scriber recommends the Lincoln Parish 4-H program. This program has a dedicated team of instructors that will teach the fundamentals of hunting, especially for children, and even has a system set in place to take kids out on short hunting trips.
“Those instructors—and I know most all of them personally—that are involved in 4-H have a passion about it, they know what they’re doing, and they take it from ground zero,” Scriber said.
Scriber also is involved in managing several outdoors-related events, including the archery tournament held at the recent Lincoln Parish Park Festival and a Whitetails Unlimited banquet coming up in August.
Scriber stressed that he likes to manage these events so that the youth can be involved in the great outdoors.
“That’s what motivates me to do what I do—to keep our kids interested in the outdoors as much as I’ve enjoyed it throughout the years,” Scriber said. “I’m trying to pass on that tradition.”
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