well I'll be 49 next month, firstwent huntig (squirrell with grandad at 2, hunted dove and quali with BB gun at 5, shotgun at 8, didn't get to first duck and goose until 22, very few in our area until moving to texas coast.
took son on squirrell hunts at 2 and dove hunts at 4. bought him a Rem870 for 8th birthday. Full-size gun with 3" chamber, took an old stock and cut down to fit him and put full-size stock up. Reloaded some winAA hulls t oequivalent of 28ga skeet loads for practice adn dove season. had the gun loaded with 3" 20ga 4's first morning of duck season, at first light a single malllard came in low and he rolled it at 40yrs. He would still rather use that shotgun than any other. At 12 bought him a Mauser 7x57, took his first deer opening day. He still uses that old mauser.
But grandson (his son) is 6, he may be about to lose his shotgun. The short stock is in the guncase :toofunny:
If you're gonna shoot it.....eat it.