I checked this post seeing that I havent seen many girls frequent the site. So I figured Id put my two cents in.
First off... to ugotnobrains... you probably have no brains. Im willing to put money on the fact that you dont have a girlfriend, and if you do, I am probably better looking than her. So your stereotype of girls that hunt is idiotic. Oh and by the way, im in college with a 3.8 GPA... if that isnt too smart to hunt you have unbelievable standards, and again, probably dont have a girlfriend.
That being said, Ive been stressed because of exams and needed to go off on someone, so thank you, but I could also give a rats ass about what you think girls that hunt look like.
ANYWAY... I really don't remember exactly how I got into hunting with my dad and older brother since it was quite a few seasons ago. I do know that I had wanted to go with them since I was very, very little. Being outdoors was a family event and when we went out to the range, my mom usually tagged along, or when we went to work the dog, so I didnt have a choice to stay home, but shooting, being good at it, and seeing my dad as excited as he was when I wanted to shoot and go hunting fueled my desire to go. Now that I look back, I am very close with my brother and wanted to do everything he was doing when I was younger, and Im a Daddy's girl, so for me its the time I get to spend with my Dad and brother that got me into it (now im the one begging my dad on a friday night to go in the mornin and hunting with friends on the weekends he wont
So... this is how I got introduced to duck hunting, and this is how I introduced my two young cousins into hunting. I went hunting with my Dad and brother for 2 seasons before carrying a gun. I got up with them, geared up, helped as much as I could at the ramp, and even learned how to drive a boat while on the way to our huntin spots. While they were actually hunting my Dad was continuously teaching me things. When we would put out decoys, he would teach me different spreads and when to use each of them. When the sun came up, we always talked about how beautiful the sunrise is on the water and how calm and relaxing it is to be out there at that time of day. When they saw ducks he taught me how to identify them and judge how far away they were, as well as tell if they were hellbent on a path or if we could call them in. When they shot ducks, he would show me how to train our duck dog with them while they picked up decoys. During the summer of these two years, I went to a shootin range with my Dad, learning how to lead ducks as well as other fowl we hunt, and how to safely handle firearms in general. I also learned how to train our dog and worked her throughout the year, which kept my mind on huntin. Make sure she is completely confident handling a gun, and has one that she can comfortably shoot (she is a 12 year old girl... if a gun kills her shoulder every time she shoots, she isnt going to do it). If she does decide she wants to hunt, ease her into it. Take her in the afternoon so she isnt tired and grumpy. If the ducks come in, dont start blazing with your son... give her the shot. Eventually, if she enjoys it, she will look forward to going and spending time with you and your son, being outdoors, and even turn shooting into a competition with yall, which always happens. Now, there is something that could kill the moment. If she shoots a duck and it isnt a clean kill... take care of it yourself. It took me 3 seasons to man up a ring a ducks neck or shoot it while it was injured on the water, and seeing a duck flap around without a head for 5 minutes could ruin it for her. Im gonna stop cuz Ive already written a book...But keep in mind, I already had a desire to go, long before I actually went, so if she is just not interested, dont push her, just find other hobbies you two can do together and enjoy. GOOD LUCK!!! And I know you want to share this experience with your daughter, and I think its GREAT you're trying to get her into hunting. I rarely, rarely see girls hunting so this made my day and I wish you the best of luck.
Im not just saying this from my personal experience... my uncle who is a die-hard hunter like my dad, had two little girls. Luckily when they were old enough to go huntin, I was old enough to go with them. It seemed to really help having another girl they were very comfortable with going, and seeing that she wasnt much different from every other girl just because she hunts. I know when I was your daughters age, I never told any of my friends I hunted because generally its something girls just dont do, and some girls think if they hunt people will think they are "butch". That being said, half my wardrobe now is camo or DU, avery, browning, etc clothes, but you still see me in dresses in the summer. For my cousins, I took them in the afternoons and the first few times, I didnt even take a gun, we just went to watch the wildlife (I actually started them with sittin in the stand deer huntin because it was more comfortable for them, then again they were younger than your daughter). Now they call me and ask if Im goin huntin, and I love seeing those girls sleepy-headed in their camo out huntin with their Daddy.