Watch Blake Shelton talk about his 'absolutely amazing' day taking Oklahoma foster children fishing at his ranch
It's hard to imagine a TV personality and country music superstar getting nervous about meeting new people.
But in a new video released this week, Blake Shelton admits he was a little worried when a group of Oklahoma foster children came on a fishing trip at his Johnston County ranch. He was worried about whether the fish would be biting, whether the kids would be into fishing and whether they would be distracted by meeting a famous person.
"We got lucky," he says in the video, when the children who came out were glad to meet him but eager to get fishing.
"That made me so happy," he adds.
As previously reported, the Tishomingo resident invited the youngsters to come bass fishing on his farm last month as part of a new partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Along with fishing, the kids learned about how to clean and fillet their catch and had a fish fry right on the banks of Shelton's pond.
"A lot of people think of Oklahoma as pretty much a rural state, but you'd be surprised how many children that live in Oklahoma that have never really experienced the outdoors because of their circumstances," says the Ada native, who is an avid hunter and fisherman.
As my excellent colleague Ed Godfrey recently reported, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma DHS recently formed the "Fostering Outdoor Oklahoma Families" partnership. The agencies teamed up to host a fishing clinic for about 30 foster children at the South Lakes Pond in Moore on Sept. 12, partnering for the first time in an event the agencies hope to spread across the state.
That was followed by the fishing trip at Shelton's ranch. In sharing the new video, the hitmaker posted on Twitter, "If you ever get a chance to take a kid fishing you gotta do it. This was an absolutely amazing day."
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit group, provided free tackle kits for the kids and bought fishing licenses for the foster parents at the Sept. 12 event, and then supplied the youngsters on the fishing trip with Shelton with the rods, reels and tackle. As previously reported, Shelton has served on board of directors of the foundation since 2018.
"It doesn’t matter if you come from the perfect family or you come from where things aren’t perfect. No matter what the situation is, the outdoors are out there, and it’s for everybody to experience - and everyone is equal when it comes to the outdoors and their connection with it," Shelton says in the video.
To see pictures of the recent fishing trip Shelton hosted for the foster children, click here.
To read more of Ed's super story about the "Fostering Outdoor Oklahoma Families" partnership, click here.