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Teach Your Child About Hunting

Hunting is a sport many adults enjoy taking part in. It was, of course, the only way pioneers could eat meat in the old west and throughout the early years of American society. Although times has changed and our fifteen year old doesn’t have to get out the shotgun and hunt their first catch anymore, hunting is still a part of many cultures.

Nonetheless, hunting can be a very dangerous sport for children and adults who are not educated and knowledgeable about hunting. Even then hunting should be taught and installed with much caution and deliberation. As this is a dangerous sport wait until your child is at least in Kindergarten, if not older, before you teach them the fundamentals of hunting. You know your child best; therefore when you feel it’s time to teach them, you’ll know when their maturity can handle learning the sport.

Grades K-3rd
The first time your child goes hunting with you, make sure that they know the rules for going hunting. Especially enforcing the rules about other hunters in the area. Hunting can be an extremely dangerous sport; therefore it’s imperative to make sure your child knows the rules.

This would also be the perfect time to give your child a turkey/deer call. Depending on what you are hunting for. Demonstrate to them how to use the deer/turkey call and allow them to test out the call before using it in the field. Make their first hunting trip more relaxed and an enjoyable, yet knowledgeable, experience.

Main points to address:

  • Go over hunting rules and instructions on being cautious.
  • Give your child a turkey/deer call.

Grades 4th-6th
When you give your child their first hunting equipment, such as a B-B gun or soft air gun, be sure they understand how to use the machine properly. Although it may not be an extremely dangerous piece of equipment it can still cause a lot of harm to people and if they do not know how to shoot it properly or know the basic safety rules they could run into a lot of problems.

Watching hunting videos together will not only help your child to understand the hunting process and valuable safety information but it will also give you both a heads up on new and innovative hunting techniques that has helped others in the field. This is also a great time for you and your child to connect on something you both enjoy together.

Main points to address:

  • Allow your child a B-B gun before other harmful weapons.
  • Watch hunting videos together.

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