His name is Hunter, but it could be Fisher since his loves fishing, especially with others.

Since he was a little shaver, Hunter has been fishing for salmon, pike and trout. However, don’t expect Hunter to tell you right away about the big one that got away because he is soft spoken and slow to warm up.

This 16 year old also reports that his biggest strength is that he “doesn’t like to talk about himself.” Once he gets to know you, however, he can be friendly and perhaps tell you about the wall-hanger (as in ginormous fish) that he caught one day.

When he’s not fishing, Hunter likes spending time alone and with those he trusts. Hunter also likes animals. One of his favorite things is working with his hands on projects such as woodworking. Playing with his hand-held video games is another of Hunter’s favorite activities.

Since he’s an outdoorsman, Hunter has stated a preference for a forever family who likes going fishing or camping in the woods.

Due to the loss and trauma in his life, Hunter sometimes struggles with behavior, but he is working on learning positive coping skills to better manage his emotions. Hunter needs a lot of attention; he does receive services and is making good progress. In school, Hunter reported that math is his favorite subject, and language arts and reading are his least favorite.

Hunter would do best with two experienced parents who can spend time with him. It is recommended that if Hunter is not the only child in the home that he is the youngest so he receives the attention he requires. In addition, his adoptive family must be open to Hunter maintaining contact with his siblings.

His adoptive family also should know that Hunter likes pets. Finally, Hunter hopes a family will be patient during a transition period as their relationship develops.

For more information: 800-589-MARE (6273) or visit: www.mare.org.

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