Had to reply to the topic.
Start them young! And start them on something that they will experience guaranteed success with. Like full soda cans at ten feet, which also is a handy safety demonstration about the effects of a close range shotgun blast.
Poor guy waited entirely too late to plant the seed of interest. My dad started taking me to the woods scouting when I was 3. Two years later I couldn't wait till I was "big enough" to hunt. You can't wait until they're addicted to video games.
My sister hunts with us on occasion, though not as avidly as we do. (But then again, we are "ate up with it")
Incidentally, getting his daughter started is a great way to generate interest in his son, because he'll have to hear his sis go on and on about how much fun she had. Throw in a few subtle challenges to his manhood (which no red blooded, hormone overloaded, american teenager can resist) and his son may change his tune.
unless the father and son don't get along, and the son is just spiteful and is throwing it in the old man's face. In which case, an invitation to hunt with you would be another oppurtunity to do the same, but at least he might start hunting. if so, hunting may bridge the gap between them one day.
Has the father ever expressed interest in doing anything else with his son, like video games or whatever his son is into?
If not, why would he expect his son to show interest in his hobby?
It should be about spending time with your kids, whether it's in the woods or something else.
I hope something above helps. I'll get off my soap box now.
Take your niece hunting, whatever it takes!
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