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what age is too young?

I was going to post that last night, but I honestly can't remember. Oh I remember tagging along hunting back then, but I don't have a good reference for my age at the time. I think maybe no earlier than 5 but no later than 8.

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I would say it TOTALLY depends on the child. I was 4 when I caught my first trout, and my sister was 2. I have gone on to fish more and more, and she has fished comparatively little since.

I have five children. My oldest daughter is not interested in the outdoors. Fine. My `second' daughter whacked her first deer at age 11, and at age 12 whacked 2 more, one of which way out-does any deer I have harvested. (We hunt Idaho and Washington.) She manages to be in the right place at the right time ... makes it look easy. I just follow her with ammo and ID targets. My third daughter hikes and climbs with me - but it's not right yet to put her with a gun - even though she would like to start. My son says he'll go with me `some day' - which is fine. I'll be patient and not push. Finally - number five - she'll probably be interested in time. Fine either way. I started my children on non-technical climbing and hiking VERY early. At that age they have little relative inertia and climb like squirrels. Give them early wins. Before they know it they CAN do it -what their peers will later be unwilling to even try.

My advice is don't push, let desire build. Let him/her help `solve' the problem - e.g., convincing others. Don't do it until it's right (all aspects). Is he/she willing to go through a hunter ed course? Are the other parties willing to allow at least that step? My deer-slaying daughter went through hunter ed at age 10, but she didn't hunt for another year or so. Wait for the right time and situation.

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what age is too young?

If a kid has the desire to go, he/she is the right age.
My dad always said take the boy hunting so you dont have to hunt the boy.
I think I was born with a fishing pole and a BB gun I suppose I may die with them.

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CMMorning,

You took the words from my mouth

My pappy taught me the facts of hunting/fishing when I was knee high to a Black Bear,heck he used to tell folks he let me cut my teeth on an old Sow Bear's Tooth : take em fishing/hunting get it in their blood with nature,
instead of the streets. When I was growing up the worst thing was keeping me out of the woods,"Thanks To My Pappy Big smile [/b]

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I would agre with most everything said previously except for a comment by cowgal

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If their attention span is short, you may need to explain how this is an all day deal and how important patience is in hunting.

I disagree, that is for much later, ususally teen years. You don't want to turn them off. If they enjoy it they will figure out that it takes effort as they get older. For kids this age it should be a fairly pleasant experience, bonding with family, learning about how great it is to be out there. Nothing should be forced.

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Maybe just take the kid out and watch wildlife.

My Dad took me out hunting when I was 4-5 for sage grouse in Colo. Then about age 8 Grandpa gave me the "Little Ole' 20 Gauge" I sacked a squrriel somewhere in the Rockies.

I took my kids out when they were 4-5, we walked the creeks for ducks in the Ozarks. We had a blast would even run and check a couople of ponds for ducks before Church on Sundays.

My son and I have had many great times hunting, may have shot one and only one duck or goose but we had fun.

Even took him and his girlfriend out critter calling in Kansas, they were able to see a big bobcat at just feet from them. I had the caller and they were several yards away.

Recently the girl called she is now 21 and wanted to know if I will teach her to hunt. Her dad and grand dad's had passed away a couple years back.
Sure it's my pleasure to help her learn!!!

Your step child was ready to fish!!!!! 4-5 is fine age, if you are having spouse problems with the fishing at this age dbe direct and ask what age would she consider old enough???

I doubt the tramatic event is going to bother a 4-5 year old, but certianly you need to hunt small game and birds and bring them in and show the child that you will be eating them and they are food.

Kudos for trying dude!!!!

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I was 4 when I first went hunting with my dad and uncles, But that was a long time ago. My sons went at 11 and 12. but they started learning gun safety and the use of guns at 6 and 7. But times are different now. Get the parents use to fishing and camping. and work your way up. Get the mother doing it if you can, Thats what it took with my wife I had to get a gun safe before I could bring a gun in the house. Once I got her involed it was a lot easier. My sons are grown now , and we hunt and fish or go shooting when ever we can. Elk camp is a family reunion for us , Brothers ,aunts uncles nephews and neices,sons ,daughters. Get the whole family and see how it works out, Good Luck

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I took my oldest turkey hunting this year. He is 6. He's been going scouting and fishing since he was 3. Your stepson is definitely old enough to go along , it's a matter of mom and dad realizing he's growing up and they can start letting him venture away from the nest.

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redrider, can your son hunt in your state? He can in Pa.

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Yes he can. There is no age restriction for hunting. Must be under supervision until age 12.

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