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10 yearold deer hunting ?
« on: December 26, 2018, 01:42:35 PM »
What do you think ?
I have mixed emotions about it, In my mind it is just a way for dad to shoot an extra deer.

A few years ago Montana started a mentor / 10 year old deer hunt.

I never checked in to it to see what all is involved.

My little Granddaughter expressed a desire to try it this next season.

 Both my kids started hunting at 12 but like both the GDs they accompanied me before they could walk well.

The big GD only went "Deer" hunting once and did not cair for it, She is now in the air force, and still likes to go gopher and target shooting.

My Little one goes a LOT with me, fishing too, she has shot a good chunk of gophers and a few rabbits and one coyote.

She is still so small I have to carry her gun my 10/22 with a scope, and help hold it up.

 I put a Bi pod on it with long legs to let her shoot with out my help, it works , kinda cumbersome but works.

Her mom has a 243 that I often use and will shoot flies at 100 yards but it is a full sized savage and quite heavy, even for her 4'7" mom.

The boy has a 7.62x39 bolt action with a 3X9 scope and small almost youth sized stock, VERY little recoil.

 I'm thinking it would be a better choice.

We don't "Blind" hunt so it would have to be a spot and stock hunt.

That part is not a big deal, But we will have to do a BUNCH of shooting this summer before I would feel comfortable with her shooting a deer. I have a full sized deer target we used to work with her big sister. I take it out and put it in a coulee or something then take the GD out "Hunting" when she Spots the deer she has to make all the decision to shoot or not and set up her self fine where to shoot it then do it while I watch for safety issues and techniques.

In the past we used "trail boss" loads till we are out hunting.

Going to work? Or just not ethical?

Thoughts? 
 
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Re: 10 yearold deer hunting ?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 11:05:56 PM »
Sounds like it should work great. No idea what trail boss loads are. Sure is a lot more hunter prep than most get. Most of my G'kids all started well before 10. Sorry to say they didn't get near that much training. The 9 yr old bagged 2 does back to back this year. I'm as sure as I can be without actually being there , he was the one making the shot. I'm sure a lot of dads fill extra tags throughout the state and it's a shame as well as illegal. It sends the wrong message to the kids and they will be just as prone to bend/break the laws as well.
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Re: 10 yearold deer hunting ?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 03:53:41 AM »
 O0 I think it would work just fine, D. You are preparing the kids properly, too. I have hunted since I was 4 years old.
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Re: 10 yearold deer hunting ?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 05:51:36 PM »
Everybody is different. I killed my first deer at 12. My first wild hog at 14 and my first bear at 15. I killed my first human at 23. But young men a lot younger than me have gone to war and had to kill the most dangerous game in the world. The kind that shoots back.

I see men and women from their twenties up to their sixties that I wouldn't trust with a squirt gun, let alone a real gun. So it's up to the parent/guardian, and what the legal age in their respective states are.
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Re: 10 yearold deer hunting ?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 04:38:21 AM »
 O0 Well said, bo!
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