Just wondering what people's opinion are of a 4 years old going hunting?
The reason I am asking this question is my nephew has a little boy that will turn 4 in August and he told me that he went and got his son a liscense to turkey hunt this spring. He is planning on holding the gun for him while they both aim and his son pulls the trigger. My personnel opinion is that its great he wants to involve his son with the outdoors and hunting but a kid that is 3 years and 8 months old that he is still to young to actually do the act of shooting. I was just wondering if my thinking is off the wall or if others agree with me.Just wondering what people's opinion are of a 4 years old going hunting?
I started squirrel hunting with my Dad when I was 4 and worked my way up to rabbits and then ducks (didn't start deer hunting until I was in my 20's) My Dad was a master at taking a small child hunting, making it fun and being patient with me. I used his example with my two sons who are now grown and I hope to have the chance to do it again with my first grandchild very soon.Here are a few tips for you (based on experience)-
1) use a ground blind, this way they can move around a bunch and not cause problems
2) take them out in the middle of the day, this won't disturb the deer/game and it is usually warmer
3) make it interactive (let them use the calls and rattle the horns)
4) bring other things to do such as handheld video games, books, etc.
5) have snacks
Don't take them out during prime time until they have proven to be able to be quiet and still when needed.
I've taken both my girls (now 6 and 8) from early ages. Most of them turn into nature hikes, but I don't care. They want to be there, and I'm more than happy to oblige them.Just took my youngest last weekend. He's 4 and no, we didn't see anything, but it was fun!