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14 year olds boys and new rifles !

Well....my 14 year son has a nice .308 on "layaway" at a store here in Whitehorse. He is shoveling every driveway he can....some smaller roofs....whatever he can do to raise some cash and put it down on his new rifle. Maybe I'm a ****....maybe some fathers would just go out and buy it for their sons....not me...I love the idea that he goes to the store...looks longingly into the window and can't wait to get his hands on that nice wood!! Maybe I was born in the wrong age....I'm not old but perhaps old fashioned....let him work for it, earn it and appreciate it....and let him hunt with it !!

His older brother shot the moose below and I know he's thinking he wants to try and find a nice bull like that one. Again, don't get me wrong....he'll shoot what comes his way - that part is the luck - we hunt for food on the table. If it's a 65 incher, fine.....if it's a small little bull.....nicer meat.

Thanks for listening to my ramblings....feels like spring in Yukon and I'm thinking hard about hunting and shooting etc.

my wife getting the nose and tongue.....good eatin'..... Thumbs up

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Of course, come summer, if he's a few bucks short, You could always "lend" him enough to get it in time for the upcoming hunt. There's going to be snow next year that he can shovel and pay you back, so your investment will be safer than a United States Treasury Bond, and Ol Dad saved the day again Think
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...you've got a point there !! Think Big smile

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Taku,..

Nothing wrong with your methodology in my book,.. it's a good life learning lesson. Yes

Nothing in life is free, you have to earn it one way or the other. I did the same thing with our boy,... I told him if it's something he REALLY wanted to have that badly he had to come up with 30% of it and I'd pay the rest. He had earned every penny of his share by looking for outside work what he couldn't come up with in $$ he finalized the deal with some extra chores around our farm.

I see too many kids in todays world just get things handed to them, once they reach a certain age they need to be taught the lesson of SAVING and putting money aside for life's little extras. Too many kids nowadays just don't have any clue and when they hit the real world after they leave home they're totally lost.

I commend you on your efforts ! Thumbs up

Congrats on the boys moose !!

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my dad did the same to me when i was a kid, i plan on doing the same to my son, nothing wrong with that, I cant stand the brats who have everything handed to them and not willing to work for it Thumbs up

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I am 19 and have always saved up to buy all my hunting equipment. I think it is great to earn it. My brother and I are hunting fanatics, much more than our parents. The other day, my dad, my brother and I went down to Cabalas in Sydney, NE for my brother to get a new shotgun. The guy helping us kept on saying that he hoped my brother and I appreciated what our dad got for us when we actually buy all our gear. This mentality bothered me greatly, it must be common for parents to buy their kids everything they want these days or something. I would say the more kids buying their own gear the better so we get the respect we deserve.

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Hoss wrote:
I am 19 and have always saved up to buy all my hunting equipment. I think it is great to earn it. My brother and I are hunting fanatics, much more than our parents. The other day, my dad, my brother and I went down to Cabalas in Sydney, NE for my brother to get a new shotgun. The guy helping us kept on saying that he hoped my brother and I appreciated what our dad got for us when we actually buy all our gear. This mentality bothered me greatly, it must be common for parents to buy their kids everything they want these days or something. I would say the more kids buying their own gear the better so we get the respect we deserve.

Hoss,... GOOD for you young man! Thumbs up

Unfortunately, there are far too many young adults nowdays that EXPECT everything to be given to them. Cry It's just to bad that it happens that way. You learn many things buy working for them for yourself even if it's partially paid for by you as you stepped up and took the initiative.

You took the responsibility, and now you can have the pride in knowing that it's YOURS and no one else's, AND that YOU EARNED it ! Yes My hat's off to you for taking the initiative to do something for yourself! Learning how to save and budget will help you through out your entire lifetime along with a first hand experience just how much it takes to make purchase like that and still be able to meet your other bills in life.

Keep up the GOOD work ! Thumbs up

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