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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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  • BillSheive5555
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    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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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    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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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Age twelve and not hunting alone until he/she has a few seasons under the belt.

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  • canvasbackhunter
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    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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  • canvasbackhunter
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    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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  • jhjimbo
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    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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  • FirstBubba
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    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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  • wittsec
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    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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  • Carl Huber
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    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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  • Sarge01
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    The last study done by the USF&WS concluded that if a person doesn't hunt by the age of 17 98% of them will never hunt. I think that states limiting young people from hunting are hurting the sport of hunting. Our young people have so many other things to get into these days that we need to get them into hunting as early in their lives as we can. Our state law says a licensed adult has to be with a young person while hunting. What a better way of spending time with your child teaching them the ethical way of hunting and showing them the proper use of our natural resources.

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  • RJ Arena
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    More important than age is what the kid was already done, completed the safety course, and if you are satisfied with that I would take the kid out, you can start with a scouting trip, no weapons, just glassing the game, if a kid can do that you are ready for the next step. Some people are ready the day they can walk, some never are, (we call them vegans) let us know how it works out!

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  • FirstBubba
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    First time I "went hunting", I was 3! Thought I was Dan'l Boone!
    At 6, I toted an unloaded dbl bbl .410. My job was to "clean up" crippled squirrels.
    At 8, I was put "on stand" with a single shot 20 ga to squirrel hunt on my own.
    Eight was when I started deer hunting.
    At 12, with a dbl bbl 16, I was allowed to hunt specified areas alone.
    At 16, I would borrow my dad's .30-30 and a shotgun, I spent weekends alone at "The Lease", sometimes with a buddy or two.
    Now over 60, I'm back hunting alone.

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  • labrador12
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    I'm a NYer too. I started going with my dad at the age of 8. I don't understand why hunting as a non-shooter is so poor an option. I did everything except pull the trigger. The ability to observe and not focus on the shootable makes a outdoorsman, not the weight of the game bag. Development of the outdoor individual should be the objective.

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  • ITHACASXS
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    As a fellow New Yorker, I disagree with Treestand. I was more then ready at 12, and since I turned 14 in late Nov. of 1975, I had lost almost a whole small game season in New York because nobody was small game hunting until after deer season was over. Now in NY it's 12 for small game and 14 for big game with a firearm.Almost too late now with all the hunters we have lost over the years. Hard to compete with high school and all the things that take up a young person's time.

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  • Dbetzner
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    As others have stated it has more to do with maturity than actual age

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