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In the past, I've seen pictures in rural newspapers of local five-year-old boys alongside the carcasses of deer they reportedly

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  • #16
    I'm certainly in the minority when I say this but I believe a child can be too young to squeze the trigger on a live animal. It is serious business when taking a life of a animal and I don't think a 3 year old, 6 year old or even a 9 year old has the mental capability to process the seriousness. I grew up following my dad squirrel and rabbit hunting when I was young but was not allowed to handle a firearm in the field until I was 12. I did shoot at targets at a younger age. I also think a child should go thru a hunter safety course prior to hitting the field and that certainnly takes a level of maturity. Parents should obviously be right next to the child for instruction. As a father of 2 boys, I know about the itch to get sons involved in a sport that you love but I think its also important that a child can comprehend that pulling a trigger on live game is not a video game that you can hit the Reset button on.

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    • #17
      I think the child needs to understand the meaning of taking a deer or whatever. I don't think all the laughing and cheering on the sporting videos on TV set when a animal is killed are a good example for youngsters. It is almost like it is some kind of game.
      When i take an animal i have a silent moment to thank the big guy for the fine animal. That's just me.

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      • #18
        My Grandson knows and participates in calves and lambs being born and cows and hogs being killed for meat. I think that gives them a better perspective about life and death than someone who dosen't participate in those activities.

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        • #19
          jhjimbo; Well said. Well said.

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