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Excited

Today my two oldest kids start the hunter safty class here in Oregon. They're 11 and 10 and they are excited to get this done. Unfortunatly they won't be legal age before any of the seasons start so my 11 year old has to wait till 2013 and my 10 year old has to wait till 2014. But at least we can knock this class out.

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Very Cool!  Can they at least

Very Cool!  Can they at least hunt small game?  Here in CA, they need to be 12 for big game, but they can at least hunt doves, rabbits, etc., as soon as they can pass a hunters safety course.

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Good job dad, it will pay off

Good job dad, it will pay off down the line for sure. In fact I did the same thing with my two boys. At least they can get out duck and small game hunting. Next year will be fun getting your oldest out in the field with you. I am sure both of you will be very excited. I know I sure was and think I was even more excited that the boys. Lots of good memories to come. 

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Dam thats a bummer, here in

Dam thats a bummer, here in New Mwxico you need to be able to pass the hunter safty course.

Next year my granddoughter will be 6 and her dad is working with her now. we are planing to start antelope apps when she turns 7. 

Hope the have fun and do well on their exam.

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With my oldest, I can get him

With my oldest, I can get him a general tag however he cant hunt till he turns 12 and he will have 2 weeks left of the general season to hunt so I'll go ahead with that. With my 10 year old daughter I'm signing up for a newer program here in Oregon called the Mentored youth program. How it works is kids from 9-13 can "hunt" without a licence or tag or even hunter safety certificate but must be with an adult (21yrs) and use the adults tag for their harvest. I should draw a doe tag this year and I will donate it to her and guide her. That will still leave me my archery deer and elk tags. so its a win win win for eveyone.

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Thats way cool !

Josh,

That is awesome ! There is absolutely nothing better than being out there with your kids. The amazing part is you are actually more excited for them whjile hunting then to take an animal yourself. Best of luck this year ! Thumbs up

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Hello again Numbnutz, been a

Hello again Numbnutz, been a while

Good on ya for getting them started young.

The mentor program is a good idea.  In a few years I plan to do same with me granddaughter.

 

I have taken me granddaugther <7yrs> hunting with me and let her carry her own cricket .22.  It is unloaded for sure, but am teaching her the proper way to carry a rifle when in the woods...or anywheres. 

WiskeyJaR 

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Very exciting to get them

Very exciting to get them started and look forward to the hunts. My kids started at 12 also but I plan to get my grandsons earlier and try to get started in a state without the age limit like Texas.

I've taken that darn class about 5 times now while sitting in with my kids and others over the years.

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I am assuming that you take

I am assuming that you take them with you hunting now? The only thing they can't do from the moment they are born untill they reach legal age, is get a tag and carry a rifle.

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Sure do

I've been taking my daughter hunting with me since she was 5. My oldest son hasn't been too interested in hunting untill last year. He went with me on a couple day hunts. He is now hooked and can't wait till fall. My daughter is a hunting junkie and can't wait. She wants to hunt anything and any time.

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