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Do your kids hunt? #8741686 11/24/22 06:14 PM
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I have a 9 year old daughter that has no interest in hunting. I've never forced it onto her, but always encourage and try to bribe her into going with me. She just has no interest in going. Which really is fine with me, she does like to fish with me and I am hoping she will shoot clays with me once she is a little older.

My dad was not a hunter or fisherman. He played sports in HS and college and played golf when I was younger. My earliest memories where always wanting to hunt and fish. I could have cared less about playing sports while in school. Thankfully my parents fully supported my hunting and fishing.

I follow many of the big social media folks and there are few images of their kids hunting with them. Most their kids are tied up with varies sports. Which as you probably know school sports are seriously time consuming requiring significant dedication with little free time. Hate to say it but I'd be willing to bet most these kids will never have the passion for hunting that their parents have.

So just curios how many of yalls kids love to hunt as much as you do? How many just go from time to time, and how many have no interest in it.


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Re: Do your kids hunt? [Re: 2flyfish4] #8741702 11/24/22 06:46 PM
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My son used to love to hunt, he would go with me every trip, and just lost interest around 16 years old. My daughter never wanted to hunt, she loved to shoot, still does, but she does not want kill animals, she has no issue with me doing it, but she just does not want to. She has been talking and showing interest lately about going camping and hunting with me, but she does not want to shoot birds. I took her to shoot clay several times this summer.

Re: Do your kids hunt? [Re: 2flyfish4] #8741706 11/24/22 06:55 PM
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My son is a junior and plays football and baseball. Summer's consist of morning workouts, work, and basically traveling out of town every weekend for a tourney. Aug through December is football as his HS is making another deep run. We'll see tomorrow if it continues. For the past two weekends, we've been getting up at 3am to drive out to the deer lease which is 3hrs away. We want a Saturday morning sit and leaving at 12am after he gets home Friday nights is no bueno. So I would say he likes it. We did the same for teal and the south opener for ducks. Sometimes I wish he wasn't so active, but I am huge fan of team sports and the lessons they can teach you if you're willing to learn them. I wouldn't trade the time I have with him while hunting. He gets out any time he can. We had a good weekend last weekend - https://texashuntingforum.com/forum...anch-time-is-moving-too-fast#Post8740956

Now my daughter has stated and held firm she wants no part of shooting a mammal. She is open to wing shooting and has even water swatted a couple. The nice thing about her is she does like to go sit in the blind and hang out. We typically don't shoot anything because we're talking, but I really don't care. The time spent out there with little to get in the way is priceless IMO.

Re: Do your kids hunt? [Re: 2flyfish4] #8741724 11/24/22 07:38 PM
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My oldest goes. She just turned 9. She mostly goes because she is a people pleaser and knows that I want her to go…. Which is sweet but I know that her interest level is not real high. My wife and I used to hunt together more before we had kids as the girls get older we will go out as a family more and hope them seeing mom shoot ducks will make them like it more.

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Re: Do your kids hunt? [Re: 2flyfish4] #8741786 11/24/22 10:33 PM
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Competitive sports never had an impact on my interest in hunting whether it was in junior high, highschool or college. In highschool, we would drive out to the ranch after Saturday practice and get the two hunts in. Between college and my first couple years out I lived in Virginia but found time to travel back or found ways to hunt up there. I love to hunt so I made it a priority. People all have different interests and different drives to do what they love. Doesn’t make it right or wrong.

I’ve always thought if you want your kid to love hunting you need to have them have constant and repeated success. The “work” aspect or repeated failures is what turns a kid off so I think that should be taught/experienced after that passion has been built and can sustain it.

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I am much like the OP, my dad took me duck hunting once when I was in 4th grade and I knew I was hooked. Bugged and bugged him to take me, always told me no. It wasn't until I was 17 and dating a girl in high school when her dad was late to a dinner one evening. Being a house full of girls, he was getting the cold shoulder pretty bad. Asked why he was late and he said he was on a duck hunt of his life and that he didn't want to leave. I finally got to go again and boy did it the sport bite me again. Even though I had 30 scholarships for sports out of high school, I turned them all down, quit all sports and bought a lab on my 18th birthday. Training that first pup was one of the best life experiences I had. 17 years later and I don't dare count the dollars invested in the sport.

I don't have any kids of my own but my hunting partner of 10 years has 2 little girls. His youngest has the bug bad, and we get her out any time she wants to go. I truly love watching her hunt and shoot. Not any good at it yet, but she will be and I have more fun sometimes not picking up the shotgun, letting her pull the trigger and hoping my lab gets to go retrieve one for her. In so many ways, I wish my pops would of taken me more at that age.

Re: Do your kids hunt? [Re: 2flyfish4] #8741854 11/25/22 01:17 AM
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My son has hunted with me since he was 5. He loves it. Started him fishing a year ago. Not sure why I didn’t start him fishing sooner, but he has gotten into it as well. Love taking that kid everywhere to go hunt. Now the hunt is all about him. I will shoot every now and then, but I get more joy watching him take an animal. He has become a pretty good little dove hunter these days as well.


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Have 2 boys. One wants to go every day and the other wants nothing to do with it.

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