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#6005007 - 11/01/15 02:59 PM Hunting with your kid
Savage388 Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1587
Loc: Woodville, TX
How old was your child when they were first licensed to hunt? I remember being pretty young sitting alone (maybe as young as 7). How old were they when they began to sit alone? My little girl is still too young to even go sit with me but I'm sure it won't be too many years down the road before she begins to ask to go.

#6005045 - 11/01/15 03:26 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
Curtis Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 7604
Loc: Gonzales, Texas
Six years old. They were accompanying me before that. Their first kill was 7 and 8.

First kills were a WT and a hog.
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#6005058 - 11/01/15 03:31 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
gtrich94 Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 565
Loc: Houston, TX
My son was 6 when he sat in the blind with my and took his first deer right after he turned 7. I bought the $7 youth licenses for he and his sister at the beginning of the season as part of the entire experience for them. He will turn 10 this season and his sister will turn 12. For me, I think they will probably be at least 16 before I would let them sit alone. For now, the past 3 seasons have been daddy and kid time for us at the lease.

#6005298 - 11/01/15 06:06 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
booger Offline
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Registered: 11/01/06
Posts: 2643
Loc: central Texas
They both have been going since they were 5. The game we play is until you can take the hunter safety course you are watching. At age 9 they both took the course and are the shooter that season. Each son, we have 2, get a rifle of there own for Xmas the year they turn 9.
Big ones line-up, little ones bunch-up

#6005355 - 11/01/15 06:34 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
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Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 11430
Loc: Katy, TX
My son came in the blind with me at 8 for the first time. Shot his first deer at 10. We do guided hunts so he sits in the blind with me. I like spending the time with him.

#6005361 - 11/01/15 06:36 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 4023
Loc: Helotes, Hext
I have two daughters. They were 11 and 9 when they got their first deer.
It took them a while to realized that what dad was doing was much more fun.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#6005482 - 11/01/15 07:24 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
rattler03 Offline

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 640
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
I shot my first deer at 10 and probably started sitting on my own at about 14
Walk the night, travel light, cross the Rio Grande
Someone strums a mandolin, soft gulf breezes blow
My new life is waiting in old Mexico
-Robert Earl Keen

#6005554 - 11/01/15 08:00 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
phantom Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1022
Loc: dfw
shot my first deer at 7 hunted a stand near my father when I was 10 or 11.
Good is the enemy of Great

#6005576 - 11/01/15 08:08 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
djs303 Offline

Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 125
Loc: Jackson County
My daughter shot her first deer when she was 8. My son shot his first deer when he was 6. The both started sitting in the blind and hunting alone when they were 13. Both had been going hunting with me and other family members since they were big enough to walk to the stand. There are still times when we sit together.

#6005714 - 11/01/15 09:11 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
TurkeyHunter Offline
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Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 11228
Loc: Bedford, TX
Daughter started going with me about 5 and pulling the trigger around 8.
Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est

#6005793 - 11/01/15 10:14 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
Txduckman Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 11627
Loc: Big D
Got the license this year when he turned 10 but he only shoots a shotgun. Rifle is a bit much now plus he doesn't eat deer so I ain't going to let him shoot one until he does.

#6005909 - 11/02/15 05:43 AM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4707
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Mine start going at 6 and start shooting when they are ready. My oldest son is a really big guy and is mature and strong. He started deer hunting at 6, dove/duck hunting at 7, and is ready to sit alone this year at 12. My daughter starting going at 6 and deer hunting at 8. She's 11 now and although she can handle a shotgun, she's not ready to hunt with one. She doesn't have the upper body strength to control the gun as well as I would like yet, so maybe she can bird hunt next year. That youngest boy of mine has a lot of his momma in him and is wild. I'll start taking him this year since he's 6, but we will see how it goes. If I get him to sit still and quite for an hour it'll be an achievement. He would probably try to tackle a deer if I let him, so that guy will be a work in progress.

#6006488 - 11/02/15 11:58 AM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
texassippi Offline
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Registered: 08/06/15
Posts: 413
Loc: North Texas
I started hunting with my dad when I was 6 or 7. Shot my first deer when I was 9 I think. Started hunting in a stand alone at 11. Granted dad only gave me a 20 gauge and 1 slug, and all my shots were about 100-125 yards so slug was rendered useless. I was closer to 13 when I started legitimately hunting with a rifle on my own. I think it all depends on each individual. Dad and uncle trusted me and my judgement on what deer I would and wouldn't shoot. I actually passed on a few deer that ended up being shot just to make sure I would make the right decision(I felt they were a little too young to shoot). When I was 16 I started going to the lease, then our ranch on my own and spending 3-4 days hunting alone. If they can make the right choice on a deer, harvest it, and be able to clean it correctly on their own, I feel like they are ready for it.

#6006761 - 11/02/15 02:08 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
TX Hitman Offline

Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 233
Loc: West Texas
I started bird "hunting" when I was about 3. Mostly sat in the bed of the truck with my unloaded Red Rider BB gun and tried to shoot dove and pheasant. Shot my first shotgun when I was dads old 12 gauge. Came home from that one with a black eye because I put the gun under my arm because I couldn't hold it up any other way. Can't remember when I shot my first dove but I killed my first pheasant when I was 9. Dad told me that he would buy me my own shotgun as soon as I killed a pheasant.....Shot it while walking in a line with grown hunters. Shot my first deer when I was 10 and had a bad experience on that hunt......Still have trouble shooting deer to this day.

I started taking my son hunting when he was 3. Mostly just watching and covering his ears. "Bird Dogged" when he was 4 and I bought him a single shot 410 when he was 5. He only shot it once but I made him carry it around and point at the doves. He shot his first dove, in flight, at age 6. Let him go on his own at age 10. He shot his first deer at age 10 and first pig at 12. I let him hunt alone in a blind when he was 14 and shot his first buck that year......nice young 9pt with a drop tine. He has hunted every year since and has killed a bunch of pigs but has not shot another deer. Passed on an 15"-17" wide 8pt last year cause he wanted something bigger and thought he was too young. I guessed him at about 3.5yrs. He is now 18 and we quail hunted this weekend together. Mentioned that he wanted to kill a deer this year for some meat......I guess we will find out in a few weeks if he decides to pull the trigger.

#6007306 - 11/02/15 07:12 PM Re: Hunting with your kid [Re: Savage388]
Squirrel Sniper Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/03/14
Posts: 39
Loc: Mckinney
Is 3 too young for my daughter to tag along deer hunting?
Choot 'em!

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