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Teaching Your Kids How to Hunt the Right Way

Taking your kids hunting can be an enjoyable experience for everyone. However, hunting is a serious sport that requires legal and practical considerations. When your kids are old enough to use a gun or cross-bow to hunt for wildlife, be sure to teach them the important rules and lessons of hunting in the wilderness.

Provide Adequate Training

Whether you teach your children how to hunt or enlist the help of a professional, make sure your kids know all the important aspects of handling a lethal weapon. Like all hunters, they need to learn how to handle the gun or bow as well as the meaning of each part. Safety features are essential and one of the first things kids should learn. In addition, they should be taught how to clean and maintain their weapon so that it performs as expected during hunting season.

Get the Appropriate Hunting Licenses

Teach your kids how to apply for a hunting license. For example, there are certain times of the year when a state license will be needed to track specific types of edible game, such as deer or fowl. Some forms of wildlife may be protected against hunters for ethical reasons or because they are an endangered species. Kids need to learn to hunt only the animals they are licensed to shoot.

Buy the Right Gear

Rough weather often occurs during hunting season, so kids should be trained to be prepared. They will need appropriate clothing for the outdoor temperature and location as well as a weather proof hunting backpack for equipment and supplies. Hunter’s clothing in designated styles and colors for the region should be worn. An emergency medical kit is a useful addition to a hunger’s backpack in case of an accident, such as falling down or getting scraped by briars.

Respect Nature

Some kids love learning to hunt because it makes them feel like adults. A few may go overboard and shoot at anything out in the woods or across a lake or river. But they need to learn to respect nature for what it provides as foods as well as keeping it safe and in good condition for others along with future generations.

Have a good time hunting with your kids, but make sure they are well prepared. Teach them the rules, buy proper equipment, explain safety procedures, and supervise them closely to ensure everything goes well. Hopefully they will also enjoy eating their catch after a long day out in the open.

Tim Esterdahl

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