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Re: what age is too young?
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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.

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

I read this in the game laws last night. Didn't even take an act of congress (Or the Pa equivelent) to do it in Kansas like it did here.

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I must say KS is really good about getting kids involved in hunting and fishing. Special youth hunts before regular season, not having strict restrictions for young kids, hunting and fishing clinics, etc. Really make it easy to take a kid out and get them introduced to the great outdoors. Mike Hayden,Secretary of KDWP, was the Gov. of KS 15 yrs ago. He seems to have a real passion for getting kids involved. I would imagine he has some good pull as far as getting things accomplished for KDWP.

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It is one of the most important things......spending as much time with them as we can and it is a lot of fun too.

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Absolutely! I'm with ya 100% on that Thumbs up My kids are 6 1/2, 5, & 3. We're just getting started, and I'm more excited about that than going out on a hunt alone!

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I didn't have much of a choice to object when the fall ritual came. Dad, a couple of uncles and their sons all went on the "male bonding" hunting trip and I was required to go. At the time when this all started, I was about 6 or so and was happy playing in a sandbox fulll of cat turds. Now that this has faded into memory, I'm glad Pop took the initiative and dragged me along. Stuff like that lasts a lifetime.
Despite my wife's better judgement, I've done the same with my girls starting at age 5 and we all had the time of our lives.

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A child is ready when they have the desire. More importantly, would be the Question " Are you ready to take a child hunting/fishing?"
They most likely feel they are protecting the child, however, in many cased they are doing more harm than good. As was said above, If you hide it they will find it. Edecation will save lives and stop most of those accidents.
Also take a look at the kids of today a do a quick comparison.HMMMMM I Think wasn't breaking into cars,stealing, doing drugs,ect ect. I was fishing and hunting with my family!! I think it is a good thing to teach kids that the food on their plate didn't grow in the refrigerator. Someone had to kill the meat! Teaching them real responsbility along with some good bonding time is the only way to go.
Have you asked either of them why?? too young is not a good enough answer.imo.

Just remember, that a child is not hunting with you, but you are hunting with a child.

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I gotta tell ya a quick one. I fish regularly with my wife & kids. Hayden (8) and Paige (5) enjoy it which is great by me. Last Sunday, I took my two and two of my nephews, 12 and 6 out with us. The oldest kinda does his own thing, which left me with four hooks to bait, including my own. By the end of the night, I was baiting one (my own). My five year old daughter was baiting her cousins (6 yrs), her brothers (8yrs) and her own with minnows and worms. She even caught her first Sauger, a little 10 inch fish that I couldnt have fillet'ed if it were legal & wanted to!!! That was her "Cute fishy" & she wanted to let it go. Needless to say that I was a very proud daddy.

Things like that are what being a Dad, Uncle, friend or mentor are all about. I wouldnt press to hard, as others have said, but I wouldnt let it go either.

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My son is 5 and we just got done shooting my M-14. I was surprised he shot it. He emptied a 30 rd clip in about 1 min. I helped him hold it of course.
I also take him hunting behind my house in the mountains. It's more of me teaching him how to hunt. I don't take him when I go into the back country to hunt. He needs to get some years under his belt before I do that.
When I was 8 I killed my first deer. Loved it ever since. So I think they are ready from the time they can walk. I mainly focus on teaching him good ethics. Like if you see trash in the woods pick it up, Don’t just kill an animal and leave it. "Kill it, you eat It." ect... I think some times I just enjoy watching him explore in the wood as I did at his age. Keep them off the video games and take them into the woods, if you're hunting or not. So any age is a good age to start.. Just consider how old they are and don't expect to really hunt. They will spook every thing.

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