National Geographic : 2011 Oct
ON THE RANCH OUTSIDE AUSTIN where he and his father planned a hunt, Spencer O'Loughlin watches fellow hunters clean and pose with a buck. Teens may choose to hang out with peers, but structured interactions with parents and other adults are also crucial. O'Loughlin returned empty-handed after four days of waiting with a bow and arrow in a tiny camouflage tent, where even a head scratch could have scared off the quarry. To him the trip was an exercise in patience. Psychologists would call it a rite of passage.