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Old 11-01-2018, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default How old were your kids when you first took them hunting?

My oldest boy is 4 and i will bring him to the lease later this season. Hunting will be low priority, the main goal will be to build camp fires and go exploring, that kind of thing. Just curious what everybody else does.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:58 AM   #2
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Still in wife's belly when mine started going.

Same with fishing.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:59 AM   #3
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They starting going to the rifle blind with me at 4. Some of the hunts were short though. iPads helped out a lot
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:28 AM   #4
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When he got out of diapers.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:33 AM   #5
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Mine was 5 when she started setting in the blind with me
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:35 AM   #6
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Took my oldest son to the blind when he was just over a year old. He threw Cheerios out of the window. A spike came by not 30 minutes later and ate every single Cheerio.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:38 AM   #7
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Started taking Thomas hunting at 4. Took coloring books for entertainment. Never about killing anything when you have the young one with you tho. Dad started taking me when I was 4 too.


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Old 11-01-2018, 09:42 AM   #8
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Mine has been going to camp since she was 8 months old. Made her first hunt at ~20 months. Can't wait to get her back in the stand this year. Snacks, games and ear protection are definitely on the list when we go!
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:46 AM   #9
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As a kid, I was an avid outdoorsman and was heavily involved in both hunting and fishing. I lost my taste for hunting after I got out of the Army, but beginning with my son's 9th birthday, I told him if he ever wanted to go hunting I would take him. Every year on his birthday, I'd repeat my offer, and every year he would just look at me like I was crazy. Finally, when he turned 16, he decided he wanted to go hunting. We were lucky enough to learn about the TYHP (Texas Youth Hunting Program), and his first hunt was a dove hunt. Later that season, he was selected for a deer hunt on a private ranch and he harvested the 2 does within 30 minutes of each other. He now has the hunting bug big time. Unfortunately, I'm really getting too old for the field, but I suck it up and go with him as I know how much he enjoys hunting (he just turned 21 last Sunday).

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PS - the photos are of his first does, and a nice 10 point he took last year.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #10
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Started taking Thomas hunting at 4. Took coloring books for entertainment. Never about killing anything when you have the young one with you tho. Dad started taking me when I was 4 too.


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Agreed...it was more “sitting & watching” rather than “hunting”....but mine were 3 & 1.....
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:49 AM   #11
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Long story short: My brother and I took our sons, ages 5 and 6, to our lease near Florence for their first hunt in 1978. Camped in a pole barn and it was extremely cold. We put the boys in two sleeping bags each and we stayed up all night keeping the wood stove going. We even burned most of our building material when firewood ran out. Boys woke up the next morning raring to go and surprised at how well they slept. They were ready to do it again the next night, but instead, we ended up in a motel in Belton eating KFC fried chicken. Very few deer sighted due to their constant questions and movement, but I wouldn't change a thing if I could. Great memories.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:58 AM   #12
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I started taking my daughter, when she started asking to go.

I think she was about 4 or so.

We would get to the blind with an armload of stuff, and a backpack crammed full of snacks and goodies to keep her occupied and entertained. Most sits would be maybe around 2 hours.



Now, she'll go off on her own. She'll even go sit out there on her own at night to drop some pigs and other pests (raccoons).


I started going out with Dad, as soon as I was able to walk a ways. Maybe 2-3. He has a lot of funny stories about me playing with hot wheels cars while we were out hunting.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:00 AM   #13
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Son was in the blind at 3 with hot chocolate and plenty of snacks.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:02 AM   #14
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Had my little girl in the blind with us last year before she turned 1. Its going to be quite a bit more difficult this year with her walking and being restless, but now she loves animals so we'll see how it goes. She'll likely be screaming "DEER" at the deer when they come out, but those are memories I can not wait to make!
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:08 AM   #15
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Been taking mine to the lease since about 9 months old. Starting sitting in the stand with me at 3 years old, this is his 4th year hunting with me. Hope to get him on a hog, and possibly a doe, next year.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:27 AM   #16
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Started taking my boy when he was 3, snacks, color books, pallet on the floor of stand. He started busting turkeys when he was 6, deer the next year at 7.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:38 AM   #17
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Started taking my son and Daughter Dove hunting at 3. Deer hunting for my son at around 8 years old. This weekend will be my daughters first deer hunt at 10 years old. I don't know who is more excited, me or Her.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:39 AM   #18
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My daughter started going with me when she was pretty young. I would go to a ground blind when she wanted to go. Had some blankets so she could lay down & take a nap if she wanted. When she got a little older I would set up a ladder close by to my stand that she could sit in & be comfortable. When she got old enough to hunt it was game on.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:40 AM   #19
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First kill with the now 13yr old was at the age of 5. He shot a pig with a 223. Then a doe the same year. I took my youngest 3 hunting for the first time a couple weeks ago. We lasted about an 1hr and then time to go "build fire".
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:59 AM   #20
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He came to hunting camp in Lincoln County NM at age three. “Helped” skin my buck that year. He started climbing into a blind with me in Texas at age 4. Shot a spike when he was 9 for his first. Has been an avid hunter since. He’s going for his first deer with a bow this season, he’s 13.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:10 AM   #21
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10 months... it was that or not hunt because I had no one to watch him.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:13 AM   #22
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My son was 3. He would bow hunt with me in a quad pod bow stand and call shots on the pig he wanted me to shoot.
He shot his first javelina at 5, spike at 7 and 140” 11pt at ten.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:15 AM   #23
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This year. Daughter is 4 and son is 3. It was awesome!
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:18 AM   #24
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:19 AM   #25
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both my boys first went hunting when they were 5. Both shot a deer with the crossbow on their first trips. Been going ever since.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:21 AM   #26
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My eldest went on almost every hunt I did from 3 years old on. He had the uncanny ability to sit still at the base of a tree for hours in the hopes of seeing something. My other kids... not so patient. They still went with me, but I definitely had some "hunts" turn into just a good time in the woods. All 100% worth it.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:21 AM   #27
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As long as you have snacks and a movie downloaded on the ipad about any age will work. Think mine started sitting with me at 4, and shooting at 5.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:41 AM   #28
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Mine were about three, no videos back then. Had a built in bench and sleeping bag for the boys and it worked great. Lots of snacks. They both grew to love hunting!
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:47 AM   #29
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My son started hunting with me at 5, he just watched for the first couple years. He shot his first deer last Saturday, he is 8 now.

My step-daughter was 10 when her mom and I got together. She hunted with me for a couple years and finally killed her first deer at 14. She ended up getting drawn for 4 TPWD Public Hunts last year and killed 5 deer. She also took a blackbuck doe on a hunt at a friends place. She killed a buck and doe last Saturday in her first hunt by herself, she will turn 16 tomorrow.
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:38 PM   #30
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Mine has been in the blind with me since he was 3. He killed his first doe around 7.


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Old 11-01-2018, 12:55 PM   #31
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Took my kids hunting with me probably around 4-5. Almost on every trip. I did not let themselves shoot a deer until eight or nine. I wanted them to be old enough to know what they were doing (killing an animal) and to want to shoot the deer not to just shoot a deer because I wanted them to.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:34 PM   #32
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Dad wasn’t much of a hunter but after thinking I might be interested he took me as a 9 yr old and my 6 yr old brother. I remember sitting on the window ledge of the treehouse type blind near Dubach, Louisiana and very loudly asking when we would see some deer.
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:21 PM   #33
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I take my son camping at 2.5 yrs old, but im guessing ge wont be ready to go hunting till 4-5
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:33 PM   #34
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Daughter in the woods with me from 2 on. Shot her first deer at 6. Its in her blood to hunt she has her own stand and goes by herself, 20 now.
Still slow in the skinning but can get it done.
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:42 PM   #35
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When my girls were small, I'd take them to the stand with me because it was MY weekend and I couldn't & wouldn't take 'em anywhere else during deer season. Tess was 5 & Elizabeth was 2. (They're 32 & 29, now) We were all in a 4x4 box...it was cozy.
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:54 PM   #36
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Around 4 when they started going with me, I think around 9 when they killed there first.
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:56 PM   #37
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First 23 years of my life were spent living on my family’s ranch where we hunt. Can’t remember when I first started hunting with my dad or uncles, too young. But I know I was out running around the woods with a pellet gun alone when I was 7 or 8 and a 22 a couple years after that; back before there were many hogs in east Texas. Couple years after that, I was deer hunting alone.

Start em as early as you can. God willing i’ll be in your shoes soon. One piece of advice i learned from taking out my much younger and citified cousins is, expect to be underwhelmed by their ability to be quiet and stare at the field/trees in awe like you probably are able to do.
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:05 PM   #38
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With fishing it was when they could walk reasonably well. Hunting dove the same. But with Deer it wasn't until my son was 5 cause he finally learned to be quiet...some what!
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:15 PM   #39
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My boy was 5 when I started taking him hunting. He shot his first doe at 7 years old.
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:34 PM   #40
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My daughter was 3 and my son 2 on their first trips
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:43 PM   #41
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mine was 3 and glad I did .
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:57 PM   #42
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Son was 4
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:10 PM   #43
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8. He didn’t care to go before that. Didn’t wanna push him. Now he loves it.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:17 PM   #44
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We don't have kids, but I took all my nephews and nieces hunting that wanted to go. Back in PA the legal age was 12, and they didn't have youth mentor days like they do now. So even though when they were younger they could come along and watch, they couldn't hunt until they hit 12 and passed hunter ed.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:20 PM   #45
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They all went dove hunting when they were just todling around. They were in the outdoors since birth.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:21 PM   #46
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I know folks are going to say that no way kids were ready and they stated too young. My oldest killed his first doe on his 4th birthday. About a 60 yard heart shot. Had at least 300 rounds down the tube of his 223. Was shooting groups about tennis ball at 100 yards. younger brother was 5 almost 6. Both have been around since birth.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:21 PM   #47
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:41 PM   #48
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Avery is 5 and this will be her first time to sit with me. I don't plan on killing anything unless she asks me too. I want her to have fun.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:42 PM   #49
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first time was 3 years old and we sat in the blind for a little over an hour waiting for some hogs. He was 4 years old when we sat for a couple of hours hunting deer.

Goal was to make things as comfortable for him as possible. Snacks, drinks, ipad, etc...
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:25 PM   #50
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both of mine were 4.5 years with single shot .223 started with bb gun sawed off stocks at 3 ready by 4 good groups know their gun safety and with close supervision took off from there. adults are the problem. It is not the kid though there are exceptions. discipline and responsibility is what has worked in our family, i was started early as well. they were hunting with bow for rabbits in the dark in the brush on their own before daylight. youngest killed javi at 6 with his bow out of pop up on his own, pigs at 7 then deer at 8 oldest killed his first deer at 9 and what we learned on him we applied to the youngest hence his early success. the more you tell them they cant the less they are capable of....then here come the snowflakes and helicopters
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