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how old do you think a kid should be before he can hunt? assuming he has taken a hunters safety course and complied with all sta

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  • #16
    That is a very individual answer. Only you know your child's limitations. Or as a Dumber than a Bag of Rocks Friend once told me. His Father's last words were "no son that guns loaded". Hope that gets the point across.

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    • #17
      I agree that the correct age is when the child is mature enough, however, I would get a fellow hunters opinion since I know for sure that I am biased both because he is my son and because I really want to go hunting with him.

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      • #18
        Even more important than hunting, get em in the woods at an early age!
        The younger you start the, the more it interests them!
        Even if I lived in a "can't hunt until 15" state, I would have my kids in the woods!
        My two were shooting a .22 hand gun at about age 3.
        My youngest, now 32 is a Federal LEO and is building an AR!
        The eldest "owns" an AR and totes a .45ACP on duty!
        I'd say they learned well!

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        • #19
          I hunted before I got a license. A friend fixed me up with a 30/40 Krag and a .44cal cap and ball revolver and went for deer and black bear in the Adirondacks. I was really weighted down with ammo, etc. and with that revolver on my waist looked like I was going after Pancho Villa.

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          • #20
            My first hunt was a float hunt for woodies. I was 3. Also at the ripe age of 3 my father taught me to fish. At 8 I followed my dad around grouse hunting, dad gave me a 12 ft boat with a 3.5 hp motor to fish with on our lake, and I learned how to fillet my own fish. At ten i shot my first animal, a squirrel. At 12 I had full privilege to hunt grouse with my dads buddies, and I could hunt our woods alone. Now I'm 17, drive a truck and duck boat around 4 counties, and I fish bass tournaments as a co-angler. Dad gave me a lot of freedom, but didn't teach me how to hunt or fish much. He taught me about guns and safety, but other than that, I figured everything out on my own. I am grateful for this though, cause when ducks locked up or called in a turkey, or I watched big bass smash a topwater I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Reason I bring this up is i know some kids whose parents scout for them and place them in the stand, some even pull the trigger while their kid holds the gun (true story). So when u do decide ur child is mature enough to hunt, get him out to do some of the real work.
            P.S. - Sorry if I kinda rambled

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            • #21
              My first hunt was a float hunt for woodies. I was 3. Also at the ripe age of 3 my father taught me to fish. At 8 I followed my dad around grouse hunting, dad gave me a 12 ft boat with a 3.5 hp motor to fish with on our lake, and I learned how to fillet my own fish. At ten i shot my first animal, a squirrel. At 12 I had full privilege to hunt grouse with my dads buddies, and I could hunt our woods alone. Now I'm 17, drive a truck and duck boat around 4 counties, and I fish bass tournaments as a co-angler. Dad gave me a lot of freedom, but didn't teach me how to hunt or fish much. He taught me about guns and safety, but other than that, I figured everything out on my own. I am grateful for this though, cause when ducks locked up or called in a turkey, or I watched big bass smash a topwater I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Reason I bring this up is i know some kids whose parents scout for them and place them in the stand, some even pull the trigger while their kid holds the gun (true story). So when u do decide ur child is mature enough to hunt, get him out to do some of the real work.
              P.S. - Sorry if I kinda rambled

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              • #22
                Age twelve and not hunting alone until he/she has a few seasons under the belt.

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                • #23
                  Canvasbackhunter: So you think it's weird that a parent would pull the trigger for a kid? How about Sarah Palin's dad working her gun while she's trying to shoot a caribou? Repeatedly. And she's hardly a kid! But anyone who even scoffs about that silly (albeit dangerous) incident can expect a lynching from her Tea Party fanatics. Bring a good rope boys!

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                  • #24
                    I am 14 and I started at 11. I passed the safety course and my dad sad sure. I always hunt with an adult though and i bagged my first deer this past season.

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