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#6964365 - 11/17/17 08:05 PM Son has 0 interest in hunting
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/25/10
Posts: 5359
Loc: South/West Wise Co
Let me start by saying my dad, father in law and I are hunters.

My wife's brother and my brother have 0 interest in hunting.

He's only 10 but last year I basically had to drag him to the stand.

He fell asleep both times and didn't seem interested.

I am dragging him again in the morning.

We actually see deer when we go and I purposely shot a hog while he was with me last year just trying to get him into it.

But do y'all think this boils down to just a DNA type deal?
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#6964385 - 11/17/17 08:18 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
8th1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 200
Loc: Houston
Not all kids like the same things. I have 3 kids. The oldest has never been hunting. The other 2 have gone hunting and shot deer.

I would try to get your kid into hunting, but if you force him too much, he may dislike it even more.

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#6964389 - 11/17/17 08:23 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
Serbin Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/10/17
Posts: 13
I know where you are coming from. Its tough. I had the same situation. But if you want a opinion and its a opinion. I would not drag him to a stand. I would leave him at home and let him know how great of a time everyone had hunting that weekend. Now my 17 yr old who hated hunting growing up sleeps in stands to get that one buck. good luck

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#6964394 - 11/17/17 08:29 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: Serbin]
procraft05 Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/25/10
Posts: 5359
Loc: South/West Wise Co
Originally Posted By: Serbin
I know where you are coming from. Its tough. I had the same situation. But if you want a opinion and its a opinion. I would not drag him to a stand. I would leave him at home and let him know how great of a time everyone had hunting that weekend. Now my 17 yr old who hated hunting growing up sleeps in stands to get that one buck. good luck


I been tossing that idea of to drag or not the last few years. I don't know

His best friend shot a deer and a hog today with his dad.

So I tried to pump him up about what his buddy did today.

He didn't say it to me but he later told my wife "I don't care that Chase hunts''.

I don't know
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#6964400 - 11/17/17 08:38 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
spg Offline
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Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 1420
Get him behind the gun and let him shoot something, that might turn the switch.

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#6964402 - 11/17/17 08:43 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
TexasKC Online   content
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 2375
Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
Hunting is not for everyone. My twin brother and I are 67 years old and he has absolutely no interest in it. Our dad was a deer hunter and he took me with him nearly every time he went to his lease. Brother could have gone too but he had other interests. I would never make a kid hunt but I'd leave the door open until such time as he showed an interest in it. JMO

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#6964439 - 11/17/17 09:22 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
DH3 Offline
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Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 527
Loc: Katy
I have 5 (grown) children. The 2 sons are into it, the 3 daughters are not. Probably my fault as I never took the girls when they were young.
You have made an effort, that's all you can do. Force fed hunting is a bad idea. Later in life he will see that he missed some one on one time with you. His loss, not yours.


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#6964443 - 11/17/17 09:24 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
rickym Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5534
Loc: texas
Take him on a bird hunt, he may like that more. up
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Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

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#6964450 - 11/17/17 09:30 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
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Extreme Tracker

Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 3815
I have girls, they are not interested in hunting.

I would try to make it enjoyable. Spend some time hanging out, if he gets bored get out and walk around. Do things to make the time together enjoyable for both of you....

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#6964457 - 11/17/17 09:36 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7347
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: procraft05
Originally Posted By: Serbin
I know where you are coming from. Its tough. I had the same situation. But if you want a opinion and its a opinion. I would not drag him to a stand. I would leave him at home and let him know how great of a time everyone had hunting that weekend. Now my 17 yr old who hated hunting growing up sleeps in stands to get that one buck. good luck


I been tossing that idea of to drag or not the last few years. I don't know

His best friend shot a deer and a hog today with his dad.

So I tried to pump him up about what his buddy did today.

He didn't say it to me but he later told my wife "I don't care that Chase hunts''.

I don't know


It sounds like he is simply not interested. I would not force him! I wanted both my daughters to go hunting with me but they had 0 interest in it. Never even considered forcing them.

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#6964458 - 11/17/17 09:38 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
Jemack Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/25/15
Posts: 11
I’m in a similar situation with my 12 year old. I’d love for him to enjoy hunting like I do and he knows that, so he’s reluctant to say he doesn’t want to go with me. He feels like he is letting me down by not wanting to come. I could tell every time we hunted that he didn’t want to be there so I finally told him to not come unless he really wanted to, and that I’d be fine either way. Now it’s “see you when you get back”. My baby girl on the other hand gets pissed when she hears I’m going hunting without her but she can’t sit still for 5 minutes. She’ll probably end up being my hunting partner in a few years.

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#6964465 - 11/17/17 09:45 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 13
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Same deal here. Son (8) not real interested in actually hunting. Loves riding the 4-wheelers and side x sides and fishing but can't sit still for love nor money. I just love being outdoors with him so that will work for now.

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#6964466 - 11/17/17 09:51 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
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Registered: 08/05/08
Posts: 1945
Loc: Midland Tx.
I wouldn't force him. I think that would only make him dislike it more and possibly ruin any future chances of him showing it any interest.

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#6964469 - 11/17/17 09:55 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 398
Loc: Wichita Co.
I agree with the others. Don't force it if he doesn't like it, you will just make it worse. Take him out there, ride 4 wheelers, play horse shoes, shoot cans with 22s etc. If he just learns that its fun hanging out with you he eventually will want to do what ever you do.

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#6964476 - 11/17/17 10:12 PM Re: Son has 0 interest in hunting [Re: procraft05]
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 2266
Make a trip to the ranch/lease about more than just hunting. Let him drive, hunt for arrowheads, go exploring, collect rocks, build big fires, etc, whatever that makes him enjoy it. My daughter was younger but I struggled with this as well. I started letting her bring water colors to the blind (to paint the inside of the blind), we paint skulls/bones, hunt arrowheads, and she loves driving the UTV around. This next week we are going out and I'm not going to even sit the stands. Just screw around and do all the fun things I did as a kid growing up on a ranch. Make it interesting for him, it's about the outdoors, not the killing. That will come later.

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