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Getting and Keeping Your Kids Involved in Hunting (feature)

December 2009 Feature Article:

Getting and Keeping Your Kids Involved in Hunting

I have accumulated a lot of special memories over the course of my twenty years of hunting. I can still vividly remember the details of my first successful deer hunt, my first turkey, and my first good buck with a bow. But all of these events pale in comparison to watching my eight year-old son squeeze the trigger on his very first deer - a big, mature doe; or watching him harvest his first gobbler this past spring. Read more...

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Re: Getting and Keeping Your Kids Involved in Hunting (feature)

What a great article and I myself could not have said it any better. I feel the biggest problem when it comes to the kids is the parents not getting them involved early enough also. My oldest is my daughter, she was born on the third day of archery season in 1990, we actually had come down that monday and my wife went into labor. She was born that evening and I had my brand new little girl back up with me achery hunting elk that Friday night. I remember my baby sister crawling around on my dads first elk when I was 4 (1974).

There truly is no greater feeling than watching your kids take there first critter, whether it is big or small game. I was never prouder ! Thumbs up

My daughters first deer

My oldest sons first deer

My youngest son first deer

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Re: Getting and Keeping Your Kids Involved in Hunting (feature)

I have been myself hunting for only 2 years, I got hooked a few years back when a body on mind took me out with him . This year I shot my first 3 deers, a buck and 2 does with a bow from a Blind. My son, just like yours as been asking question about where I was going all dress up in camouflage clothes, and just like your was all over the deer hanging on my back yard while I was taking it a part.I decide to take him along with me a couple of time, and just as you said, the attention spam of an 7 years old is not very long. Needless to say that we were heading home before we saw any deer. He decided to come again later in the season and once again, after an hour or so, he got bored and wanted to go.
Your article made so much since has how to get him involved, because although we hadnt seen any deer, we saw plenty of squirle and even a couple of fox go by.
For the next upcoming season I will take hime more often and follow your direction. I think I will take him along as well when I go before the season to scope for the deers.

Thank you so much for this great article, I have been looking for guidance on how to get my kids involved with hunting for a long time.
Your article definitely gave me the right ideas on what to do.

Thanks again


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Re: Getting and Keeping Your Kids Involved in Hunting (featu

I think that constant interaction with your kids is the best way to go. Teaching them how to do something builds a bond, self esteam and self confidence. There is no better way to do this than by real world hands-on involement. Hunting, shooting, reloading, fishing, camping, etc. Heck, even stuff like showing your youngster how to fix something on a car or bike, change the oil, or repair something around the house. Not only is it a bonding experience, but teaches them appreciation, respect, and value for what they own. Being directly involved hand-on in a process makes them more apt to be responsible with their stuff and other people's stuff later in life.

I also firmly believe that hunting at a young age makes youngsters much more aware of how to earn something for a living, hunting is hard work. It also teaches them just how critical safe handling of weapons really is. Killing a game animal really drives the point home. They see first hand what firearms and bows will do. It teaches them reality by real world experience, once you send a bullet or arrow down range you can't call it back and you are responsible for where that projectile goes, so think before you shoot. Teaches them that a weapon can be extreamly useful in the right hands, but can also be disasterous when handled carelessly. Unfortunately too many kids today get their so-called reality from playing a fake video games or watching tv where the blood, guts, pain, and violence is all a game to them. As a result they grow up conditioned with no idea what carelessness and disregard can causes in the real world until it's too late. I think hunting teaches younsters much more valuable meaningful lessons about life, respect, and earning.

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