BBK wrote:glen1978 wrote:Maybe your right, me and the g/f have been back and forth about it. I keep thinking if he aint in the action, wet and cold is gona turn him against it. I can say for me if all I could do is go and watch I wouldnt be going.
Maybe you need to re-think why he wants to go. Does he want to kill something or be in the outdoors spending time with you? Two totally different things. Sounds like you are the type that goes to kill some birds, nothing wrong with that.. just make sure which type he is. When I was young I LOVED to go with my dad in the boat, just to watch. I did it from when I was 7 until I was 12. At 12 I got to shoot for the first time, one shell in an 870 youth. It wasn't about killing birds for my father, his group, or me. It was about being outdoors.
7 going on 8 is way too young. If you take him you won't be hunting. You'll be holding the gun and taking care of him... At his age, a single shot .410 and water swatting is about all he is going to be able to do. You'll likely have to help him load it, cock it, and aim it.
Depends. I can't speak for someone else but I was hunting every weekend with my dad at 4. 8 I got my hunter safety card and a pump. By that time I could identify birds better than most around me....still can. Early years my shooting wasn't up to par. At 9 I got a beretta 390 20ga and it was lights out difference in my shooting. 9 I was putting boats on the trailer for dad. 10 he would have me run the boat while he deployed the long lines. 13 I got my boaters card and dad gave me a 7 mile area on Erie that I could go with my GPS. Trust me i can show you every rock pile in the western basin after that. Lol 15 I started hunting a little by myself. 16 I was fully hunting by myself and by 17 I was running layout boats all over Erie.
So some kids can mentally handle it at a younger age. Sounds like this kid is pretty mutire for his age. Biggest thing is to set him up for success... I.e boat blind or any blind for that matter where he can be close to you. Maybe if you worried about him getting wet you may want to look into field hunting with him.
Trust me kids love to be part of the hunt. Get him out there setting decoys, adding camo to the blinds, start introducing him to call and you will see the seed take root in him. Just my .02