My step-son is 7, turning 8 in December. He's been listening to me talk about hunting for the last six months. He has asked me if he can go with me this year. I said sure, but mom and his father turned the idea down. They said he was too young to go. I wasn't talking about the Elk hunt, high in the mountains. I was thinking of going in the foothills of the range that is behind our house for deer. His father is already angry with me for talking him fishing before he was able to, its pretty much his reasoning behind saying know now. I started fishing when I was 4 or 5, the kid wanted to go, I'm an avid fisherman, so I took him and his brothers with me.
For those guys/gals who have young kids, or for those who don't for that matter. What is too young? When did y'all take your kids hunting for the first time, not to shoot, but just to go. I think my wife needs to see what others have to say......
Sounds to me like you and the kid are caught between a rock and a hard place. Sounds like mom is being overly protective of her son and dad is hanging on to something he's afraid of losing even tho he won't. This has nothing to do with the kids age!
Hell, everyone starts their kids out young if they are into it. I am a kid from a broken home and my kids are also. To your wife, If this guy we know as Maverick is a good step father, then let him be one. The only thing you guys are doing is denighing your son! Hell it's not his fault he's courious is it? Furthermore, if down inside you don't trust him with your son, why are you with him? Perhaps you migh go out with them a few times to make you feel better. Maverick, make those times easy times where everyone enjoys it, not just you.
And to the Dad, maybe you could tag along too. Your not going to lose anything by your son bonding with his stepdad, you'll only win. I don't know any kid that has chosen a replacement for either parent just because someone else took him fishing or hunting. You want to win? Win big, if the guy is good to your son then trust your son. You'll never regret that.
Fishing and hunting are just leisure activities, no more dangerious than little league baseball or basketball if they are well supervised. As someone who's been on both sides of this thing, don't do this to your kid. Let him be a kid.