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When to take your kid(s) hunting

How old should your kid be before you take him hunting? I mean let him participate in the hunt... hold a gun, etc. Is there a law?

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

Depends on the kid.

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

Exactly Thumbs up I was hunting squirrels when I was 6 with my dad and bought a .22 at age 8. But I know some 12 year olds that I wouldn't dare go near with a gun.

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

If you had ay kids, how long would you wait to take them hunting then? Assuming you brought them up around guns and in a family of hunters.

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

To many variables to your question:
There is a huge difference between walking along a trail with a young persoon hunting, where you have control over his movements,actions and attitude OR both going in seperate ways, meeting later at a pre-determined location. Both senarios constitute hunting.
No parent with an ounce of common sense would let a youth learning to drive a motor vehicle start off on a four lane highway or in the midst of a blinding blizzard, however, there are those with the mindset that the same need not be applied to hunting.
And more than often the youth would rather be with an adult,learning,talking, etc rather than off by himself in an enviourment he may be somewhat leary about but really never expressed to you;
I kept my son beside me until he was sixteen and very responsible and safety conscious.

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

Yes, there are laws, and they differ from state to state. You're going to have to check your state to find out the youngest that you can get a hunting license for your child.

I remember going along on pheasant hunts with my dad and grandfather when I was 6 or 7. I'm pretty sure I was at least 10 before they let me carry a gun. It really depends on the child, though. I've known some 14 year olds that I don't think were mature enough to carry a gun, and I've known some 10 year olds that I think were plenty mature enough.

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When to take your kid(s) hunting

When they are of legal age and show that they can be responsible, to the hunt and with the weapon.
We need to keep the future of hunting open to all that are interested. A proper hunting education is essential. Experience comes with time. Safety is crucial.

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I've taken my older two kids squirrel and deer hunting with me the last 2 years. I started when they were 6 and 7. I haven't let them hold or shoot my shotgun yet, but they love to be outdoors with me whether we get anything or not. I think it's important to teach them proper gun safety and hunter ethics by watching and learning from me for a couple of years and then easing them into it when I feel they are ready.

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I've taken my older two kids squirrel and deer hunting with me the last 2 years. I started when they were 6 and 7. I haven't let them hold or shoot my shotgun yet, but they love to be outdoors with me whether we get anything or not. I think it's important to teach them proper gun safety and hunter ethics by watching and learning from me for a couple of years and then easing them into it when I feel they are ready.

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My oldest daughter was 6 yrs old the first time we harvested a doe together. It was bow season and as usual we went out 1 hour before dark (so she doesn't get too bored) but this time we got lucky. She did not shoot until she was 12 and didn't hunt until 13. She wanted to go with me but didn't want to shoot and that was OK by me. I took my other daughter out for the first time when she was 5 but the deal was I couldn't shoot any ducks.....I said OK we will video tape them. I called in 3 flocks in the first 1/2 hour of daylight and we left after an hour. They (both girls were there) had fun and we went home. My youngest daughter (now 9) only wants to walk the trap line now and she's a great shot with her bow but wants nothing to do with guns.
My son has been on several hunts, ever since he was big enough to hold his head up when he was in the backpack Thumbs up (he's 3 now) I think he was about 9 months old when he was on his first antelope hunt Big smile
Even if you think they are ready, they should be the ones that decide when they want to do it, if they meet the states min age requirements.

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hunter777 wrote:
My oldest daughter was 6 yrs old the first time we harvested a doe together. It was bow season and as usual we went out 1 hour before dark (so she doesn't get too bored) but this time we got lucky. She did not shoot until she was 12 and didn't hunt until 13. She wanted to go with me but didn't want to shoot and that was OK by me. I took my other daughter out for the first time when she was 5 but the deal was I couldn't shoot any ducks.....I said OK we will video tape them. I called in 3 flocks in the first 1/2 hour of daylight and we left after an hour. They (both girls were there) had fun and we went home. My youngest daughter (now 9) only wants to walk the trap line now and she's a great shot with her bow but wants nothing to do with guns.
My son has been on several hunts, ever since he was big enough to hold his head up when he was in the backpack Thumbs up (he's 3 now) I think he was about 9 months old when he was on his first antelope hunt Big smile
Even if you think they are ready, they should be the ones that decide when they want to do it, if they meet the states min age requirements.

That's awsome that you take/have taken your girls hunting with you. Too many dads only take out their boys it seems. Thumbs up

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