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#5524952 - 01/07/15 06:13 AM How old was your kid?
txhunter1010 Offline
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How old was your kid when they shot their first deer!... How young is to young too?...

#5524957 - 01/07/15 06:19 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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It depends a lot on the kid on when he/she is ready!!! My grandson is 6 and I don't think he's ready yet but when he is, I'll take him out and teach him gun safety and to shoot!!!
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#5524969 - 01/07/15 06:25 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
Bbear Offline

Registered: 11/24/13
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Loc: West Texas
Started teaching my grandson when he was about 3. Started with a Red Ryder and moved him up from there. This December, at the ripe old age of 4 3/4 he took his first deer. His Dad was there in the stand with him and other than putting the rifle up on the sand bags, B did the rest. He found his sight picture, took his breath and squeezed.
Seadog has hit the nail on the head. Each kid will be different. I took my first one the week after I turned 6. I'd been shooting for about 2 years by that time and Dad thought I was ready. I was.
Kid's attention spans at those young ages is pretty short. Range time with them seems to be more time spent setting up and taking down than actually shooting. Keep it fun and educational and they'll want to go back.

It's always great when you have a 'new' hunting buddy! laugh

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#5525007 - 01/07/15 07:10 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Registered: 10/15/04
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Loc: Freestone county, Texas
Both my daughters were shooting bob gun around 4-5
Took them to the range a bunch with a .22 around 6-7
Started shooting pigs first around 8-9
Killed their first deer at 9 & 11
I think the progression gave them a lot of confidence. Both have shoot numerous hogs and deer, and only the younger one has ever missed. They are both really good shots and know how to handle a gun.
Don't just throw a gun in their hands and say "shoot that deer", teach them right. It pays off later.

#5525079 - 01/07/15 07:55 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
Ketchn Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
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my girl hunted with me when she was 3 and tracked a buck with me that was wounded at 4 ....
she shot her first turkey at about 10 years old ....
223 bull barrel single shot new England arms youth rifle
she never wanted to kill a deer though till she hit college , then hunger set in and it was GAME ON after that roflmao
she is now 27 and takes a deer every year up
don't know where she got it but boy howdy can she shoot aim

#5525080 - 01/07/15 07:56 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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I've started my 5yr old son on the BB gun.

He's definitely not ready for the real deal.

#5525087 - 01/07/15 08:00 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Started taking them to the ranch at 3. BB guns at 5 progressing to .22lr by 8. 22-250 at 10 and deer down by 12. Not that it was a plan just how it worked out
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#5525173 - 01/07/15 08:36 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
song dog down Offline

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I have three girls, my oldest shot her first buck at 9 years old. Now she is 18 and is a very good hunter. She is very selective and knows what needs to be taken out of the herd and what doesn't. All of them grew up on the farm with a fishin pole and bb/pellet guns. I guess God decided I didn't need any boys. During the winter time they follow me around calling coyotes. All of them have a high level of confidence in everything they do and I'm pretty sure it has to do with the way they were raised.

Whatever you do try to keep it fun for the kids. Nothing better than hunting with your own kid.

#5525199 - 01/07/15 08:51 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Both of my boys got Red Riders at age 5 and lots of practice. I bought a pellet rifle and scoped it then we did lots of back yard practice. I set up targets of varying size and we shoot till you miss. We then progress to 223 in a lead sled then to sand bags and finally to a 25-06 that I had in the safe just waiting on each of them. I took my boys hunting a lot early but they knew that until they were 9 they could not shoot, just my thing of stressing gun safety and they took the nearly worthless hunter safety course. My oldest, now 10, has shot 4 deer and 2 hogs thus far and has made good shots on all of them! The youngest, 8, turns 9 in August and is chomping at the bit until he gets his turn. That's how I like it.... Wanting to so bad that I think it will help to insure the desire is really theirs and not something I have imposed on them.

Edited by booger (01/07/15 08:54 AM)
Big ones line-up, little ones bunch-up

#5525218 - 01/07/15 09:03 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
ffread Offline
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Registered: 11/08/06
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My son killed his first at 4, started deer and coyote hunting by my side at 2! Only time you will ever see him be quiet! He has probably killed 6 or 7 deer and 1 coyote so far and he is now 8. He is very worried about gun safety and even understands shooting mature deer instead of just shooting one to be shooting.

Edited by ffread (01/07/15 09:04 AM)

#5525453 - 01/07/15 10:27 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Started at 7 and last one is him at 16. I guess Josh has killed around a dozen or so now. Come along way in the last 9 years.

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#5525546 - 01/07/15 11:11 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Started daughter at 9 (pic below) she killed her first deer. The next pic is her at 14 with her buck from this year.


#5525562 - 01/07/15 11:18 AM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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shot my first deer at 7 and as soon as my boy can shoot a crossbow well he will be taking one also. If he chooses to

#5525661 - 01/07/15 12:01 PM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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Any age once they understand gun safety and the maturity is there. My son has been target shooting since 6 and is now 8. I feel he's ready for next year, but each kiddo will be different. The look on his face the first time he saw deer while hunting with me is something I'll never forget and can't even imagine when he takes his first deer.

#5525691 - 01/07/15 12:26 PM Re: How old was your kid? [Re: txhunter1010]
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my 4 year old got a bb gun for Christmas...I will say he has surprised me on his shooting skills..not to bad...I shot my first deer at 7, so im thinking the same for him if he wants

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