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Passing on what you have learned

     I was just wondering how many of you have passed on your hunting skills to your children or some other youngen you may know. I never had anyone teach me anything about hunting. Everything I learned, I learned by trial and error. I started hunting when I was 13. I always went out by myself, found my own spots, and so on. I shot my first deer when I was 22. I didn't shoot my first buck until I was 30. I began bow hunting when I was 31. Since then I have really honed my skills. I have taken out all 3 of my children. Only one of them has really excelled. The other two just don't get into that much though. my one son pretty much knows just as much as I do. The only thing he lacks that I have is experience. My son shot his first deer in his first year, age 13. He shot his first buck at age 14. He is now 22 and he has killed 13 deer. 12 of them has been with his bow and one of them with a shotgun. He has also killed 4 bucks now all with his bow. It is a joy knowing I have given to my son what no one was able to give to me. A life time of memories. I hope he can in turn pass it on to his son.

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I try my darndest tp pass on

I try my darndest tp pass on my knowledge of the outdoors to my kids and wife for that matter. My oldest(step) son isnt into hunting or mountain that much but he really likes fishing so I take him fishing and such. My (step) daughter loves hunting, fishing and everything about it. and my youngest son is 3 and is a spitting image of his daddy(me). He love hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, everthing outdoors, his favorte thing right now is to go find "deers" and "elks"

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   Yeah, my grandson is 3 1/2

   Yeah, my grandson is 3 1/2 and he loves looking for deer. He knows the exact spots where to look for the deer. When we actually go hunting he cries because he can't go with us yet.

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Great posts fellas and nice

Great posts fellas and nice work getting the youngsters involved.  I don't have any kids but my brother in law got a late start on whitetail hunting and I've been sharing my experience with him throughout the last 6-7 years.  My niece and nephew are both getting close to legal hunting age and when ever i'm with them in the woods I explain the where's, why's, and what's of deer behavior....and really any animal or plant knowledge that I can.  The outdoors is a powerful thing and in my opinion there isn't anything more healthy than a knowledge and appreciation for it. 

My father brought me along trapping and hunting from the time that I could walk and carry a trap or bb gun (suppose I was 5 or 6).  I've been in love with it all my life and i feel that if i wouldn't have been brought up the way I was, I'd probably be in a bad place.  I got caught up in drugs and partying when i was in my late teens.....family support and a healthy hobby(hunting, fishing, and the outdoors) probably saved my life.  Not every child will grow up to be a hunter, but I think that everyone can find something in the outdoors that will enrich their life.

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Very well said Str8shooter.

Very well said Str8shooter. They may not grow up to be a hunter. But there is nothing like an appreciation for the great outdoors.

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I am in the same boat with no

I am in the same boat with no kids that I have but have around 20 that have adopted me.  They all know that I hunt and fish and all they need to do to go with me is tell me that they want to go.  I remember one deer hunt when my nephew had his first tag.  I spotted a deer just at daylight and told him where he was and to go ahead and shoot.  Well, his brothers wife wanted to kill it also but got mad that I wouldn't tell her where it was at.  My nephew took 4 shots at it with a .30-30 before it went down.  That fork horns antlers just moved into his first home with his wife and are hung on a wall.  It is as I have always said a day spent hunting or fishing with a kid is never a wasted day, and if they learn anything from me it is to do the same for some other kid down the block.  I still enjoy showing yound boys and girls how to track and what made them along with all the other things it takes to survive in the wilds with nothing but a knife and some twine. 

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Passing on what you have learned

I have three kids, 2 sons and a daughter, all adults now, and they all love to hunt. I started them young on squirrels & turkey, and they all took to the woods camping and hunting, so it has led to great family times over the years. My wife hunts as well, and is a great shot. They are primarily Elk fanatics, and my oldest son would kill for an Antelope tag, that being his favorite to do, LOL.

My father taught me shoot, all about guns etc, when I was young, but he wasn't a fan of hunting at all. He often shot skeet and trap in contests, and got us into that early. So I didn't hunt at all until an adult myself probably in my mid twenties(?), starting with birds and rabbits; and was also in my 30's when I bought my first bow and really got involved. I didn't know anybody to teach me, mostly read a lot, asked questions in shops, some people at work and those I bumped into at camps etc., and learned a lot the "hard way" in the field as well. Not to mention hanging out in some sites like this one as well.

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