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How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? #14327316 12/01/19
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My 13 yr old REALLY enjoys hunting & fishing and I've encouraged him from day one. He's a self imposed "trophy hunter" and has already let several 100-120inch bucks walk earlier this year during the juvie gun weekend. He can handle and shoot lights out with his Rem 7600 7-08 and the only stands I have on my place besides ground blinds are shooting houses with stairs and commerical 12ft 2 man ladders with rails and a few 10-12ft tripods. So I guess I'm answering my own question about the safety aspect but I still just wanted to hear from other dads about when and how they made their decision?

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Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14327969 12/01/19
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It's always tough turning em loose whether it's that first bicycle ride, hunting or driving. Important thing is that they've been taught right. Always told my wife, it's our job to teach em how to take care of themselves, not to take care of them.

Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14329005 12/01/19
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In Nevada it's 18 by law.


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Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14331203 12/02/19
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Its different for everyone and their kids. You've got to be the judge. A kid by himself with a phone and a gun and some limits imposed on him, lessened bit by bit, should be ok. Add more kids, motor vehicles, etc and you can see how things can go wrong.

I routinely tell people that, looking back, we (my friends, my brother and me, all in High school at the time) did things while duck hunting that should have gotten us killed. Overloaded leaky boats, with seriously underpowered motors being at the top of the list. If my mother had any idea of the risks we took with shotguns, waders, boats, motors, pickups, etc she'd have sold the whole works for a dollar. That said, as a result, I learned well how to get myself out of a serious jam. Point being, we were trusted with "too much" all at one time. Too much could have gone wrong. Yikes. Just give kids little bits of freedom at a time, I think.


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Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14334204 12/03/19
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if he`s a good common sense kid turn him loose ,shotguns 1st and 22 `s. mine got to use my 4x4 truck and guns at 12 years of age but he was raised in the country ,country kids learn life much earlier because they have to work as a man or lady,so common sense and respect is learned . i never sugar coated my kids and my dad never did either you got slap for doing wrong or your butt kicked . my wife now Grandma is a sweet lady but if those grandkids get out of line she let`s them have it and those grandkids love her dearly .

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Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14337329 12/04/19
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My dad let me hit the woods alone at 14, but I couldn't bring myself to let my son go alone until he was 16.

Here they can legally hunt alone as early as 12 after completing the hunter safety course.

Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14337586 12/04/19
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I hunted alone at 12 with a gun that I really didn't use that much. Safe? Not really. Looking back it provided my dad and older brothers a better chance at killing deer vs helping me lol. Fortunately I never fell out of various tree stands with no safety harnesses and 2x4 steps nailed to trees. Never shot something I shouldn't have.

Guess that is why it meant so much to me to get to hunt with my kids up through high school. Hell I got to sit with my 26 year old this year when he killed another bull elk and my 24 year old when she got her first bull elk this year. Hunting with and helping my kids with their various adventures is my favorite pastime.

If I live long enough, planning on hunting and helping any grandkids I can help get interested.

Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14337929 12/04/19
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Mine was 16, for Big Game. They could legally drive. Teach them young, and show your confidant's, and respect with on their good decisions.

Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: luv2safari] #14342644 12/06/19
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Originally Posted by luv2safari
In Nevada it's 18 by law.


Wrong. 14 but not with a semi auto.

http://www.ndow.org/Education/Hunter_Ed/FAQs/


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Re: How old for son/daughter to hunt alone? [Re: hitNpass] #14346094 Yesterday at 06:07 AM
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i believe here in Minnesota farm kids can get a local area farm driving license at 12 years of age yet ? as kids we hunted every thing with our bow and arrows and killed plenty animals,but once we had gun training at age 11, and my father was a gun training instructor, at age 12 we got our own 22 and a shotgun and living in the country we allowed to go hunt year around or whatever ,but only for what animal season was open .

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My daughter did this year at 16... she not only killed her deer but cleaned it, skinned it, and processed it herself...


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