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How old do you think a boy should be before you take him hunting?

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  • #16
    Don't have a son but my granddaughter has been going with me since age of four. She shot her first deer at age six. She is thirteen now and a hunter for life. Teach them well and they will be someone you can be proud of. Age not a issue. Teaching is the issue.

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    • #17
      Im currently 15 and can remember all the good times I had with my dad hunting. My dad has never hunted deer but I have gotten myself into the sport. I remember him taking me along pheasant hunting when I was around 6 or 7. I think age 5 is about right.

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      • #18
        I took my 2-year old antelope and deer hunting with me this year. He'll go elk hunting with me next year most likely. He absolutely loved it. I think the most important thing a person should remember about taking kids, especially after you make a kill, is not to force them to do anything. He was very skeptical about the antelope initially after I had taken it, but in just a few minutes, curiosity took over and he was all around it. When I brought my elk home, he had no problems with it at all. Now he walks around the house "hunting" with his toy guns all the time. I wish I could go on some of the hunts he does...buffalo, elk, elephant, etc...

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        • #19
          7

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          • #20
            In my opinion, there should be a progression or process of introducing the youngster to the outdoors, to camping skills, and observing wildlife. I agree, scouting is a great pathway to take. When s/he demonstrates sufficient maturity, it's time to introduce the youngster to firearms safety under close supervision through BB guns, .22 rimfire rifles. Given a pattern of safe behavior and demonstrated proficiency on paper targets (include reactive targets such as balloons, clay targets), then perhaps a small game trip for varmints, and explain that this is a matter of "pest control" (i.e., there's a reason and a purpose for killing these critters, and a hunting ethic involved). Consistently provide a good example.
            If the young person enjoys shooting but does not want to kill anything, don't make an issue or "rite of passage" out of it. When the youngster is ready to hunt, they'll ask to accompany you; meanwhile, enjoy shooting together.
            I realize every youngster is an individual, but I'd guess by age 14-16, you'll have a new hunting companion.

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            • #21
              I agree with most here, it will depend on the maturity level of the child. I would suggest taking him or her hunting without a firearm, then simulate a firearm with piece of wood to reinforce proper safe gun handling

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              • #22
                my dad took my little brother when he was like 6 yrs. old

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                • #23
                  Depending on what type of hunting your doing, I would say 5 or 6. You wouldn't want to take a young kid out on a long days hunt, but if you are just doing some rabbit or squirrel hunting, I say take them young. You want to keep their interest up, and if you are constantly changing the scene and not just sitting for hours, or hiking miles, a younger child will be able to enjoy the activity more. Make sure you are starting them out when the weather is nice, you don't want them to be miserable to start their hunting experience. My dad started taking me out when I was still in diapers, and I was shooting my first BB gun when I was 4. My passion for hunting is incredible and I owe it all to my dad.

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                  • #24
                    It depends on maturity and responsibility. I first went hunting when I was 8 with my dad.

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                    • #25
                      I am now 20 years old and have a passion for hunting that is rivaled by nothing else. I first went into the woods squirrel hunting with my grandfather at age 4. I didn't carry a gun...I just retrieved the squirrels after he shot them. As the years passed hunting became a mainstay in my life...I have learned more about life and death through spending time out in the Appalachians of southern West Virginia than in all the schools and classes I've been in. I think bringing a child into hunting as early as possible is a great thing...I sincerely believe it leads to more maturity and understanding as age increases.

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                      • #26
                        i started hunting when i was 5 using a NE 410.

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                        • #27
                          I started at 10 with a new Revelation 410 shotgun. A 20 guage would have been a better choice. If you want your child to hunt take them out while they are young and create desire before you buy a gun. Do not I repeat do not let your kid get addicted to video games.

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                          • #28
                            All good points. I agree it's a maturity thing. You want to get/keep them interested, but you don't want to force them to sit for hours. Parents discretion.

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                            • #29
                              I started hunting at 6 with my Dad. He would take me hunting on short outings for squirrels. He made sure the weather was good and made sure I was learning. He took me fishing as soon as I could hold a pole. He made sure to take me to a pond where little bream were easy to catch. In short he got met hooked early. My wife and I did the same with our son.

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                              • #30
                                As soon as he can quietly sit in the woods and stay still

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