Like most people, I found out soon thereafter that, while school and organized instruction might be in your rear-view mirror, you never quit learning.
You quit learning; you quit living.
Now, I like to go to class - sort of. Only I don't have to worry about gen-ed requirements or electives or how many more hours I need in my major or minor. I attend the "classes" in which I'm really interested, and most of the time nowadays that means hunting and fishing.
This month, I will have two unique learning opportunities, and I plan to take full advantage of both.
Some of the top guides in the Carolinas - including Georgetown-based Rod Thomas and Fred Rourk - will serve as seminar speakers on various topics related to inshore and offshore fishing, as well as tackle, map reading, navigation, knot tying and even cooking - the latter class staring the magazines' publisher, Ty Conti, author of the book, Cooking on the Wild Side, and co-author of a column of the same name that runs monthly in this magazine.
Even though I occasionally fool myself by actually believing that I know it all, it takes about 10 minutes sitting along the back wall in a seminar to teach me that I'm seriously mistaken. I never come away without learning at least one thing that helps me improve my fishing.
The next week, I plan to take in seminars at the Palmetto Sportsman's Classic, the March 22-24 extravaganza the S.C. Department of Natural Resources sponsors on the state fairgrounds in Columbia. Looking over the list of seminars, there's one I really want to attend: retrievers.
It seems my son has requested as a college graduation present - in lieu of a beach trip or some other useless gift - a Lab puppy. So I have a little to learn. Attend one or both of these events, and I guarantee you will learn, too.