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Posted: 26 September 2012 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone have any tips or tactics for us dads and moms taking our kids this youth season????I want to make it as fun as possible and not get overly serious about the kill itself!!!!!Ill try too get him to sit around 4hrs but that will be a job in itself….......

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Posted: 26 September 2012 02:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Bring Snacks!  I am taking my 9 and 10 year old boys this season with my 6 year old tagging along.  Should be a real cluster!  Hope you and the kid have fun

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Posted: 26 September 2012 02:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I agree jcurri, SNACKS! The kids enjoy those throw away cameras for documenting the trip. I’ll be out there with my 13 year old. The big trick is remembering that this is for the kids. Us old timers have to turn off the hunter switch and turn on the teacher / observer switch. HAVE FUN!!!

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Posted: 26 September 2012 02:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Fish, Im totally with you!!!My main goal is to make this fun and let him do his own thing…I do think he is planning on bringing his nintendo ds:(and he will have my phone to occupy him also…..Lots of food and drinks,and even the checkerboard also….thank-god for groundblinds…....This will be my most important hunt of the year without any doubts!!!!What-ever he kills is going on the wall:)

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Posted: 26 September 2012 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Approaching my last youth season this year as my youngest is 15. Have been taking my kids for the last 10-12 yrs. It is a little sad thinking about it. I might not even get to hunt with my youngest as he would much rather shoot one with his bow than sit in a tree with me with his gun. I will enjoy either scenario on some level.

A few things I have learned; If you’re in a buddy stand, make sure you put some sort of material around the shooting rail if not provided as a kid touching the gun always makes noise on the metal rail. Second, Bring a handful of birdseed and throw on the ground. There is nothing worse than not seeing anything moving in the woods. Bird seed will ensure you and Jr can identify birds, watch squirrels, etc… to help pass the time. Finally, rangefinders are good at playing “guess the distance” game. Heck, I still do that as well. Oh and also- make sure the camera batteries are charged. (Guilty on that one a few yrs ago.!)

Lastly, if Jr misses the deer make sure you still talk about how “cool it was” that he had one in range and got to see some action. Nothing worse than listening to a parent who seems disappointed in a kid. We’ve all missed deer, ducks, doves etc…it’s part of the process. Celebrate the day as a success regardless of a filled tag or not. GOOD LUCK!

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Posted: 26 September 2012 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Mallard hit on a few things I was going to say. The small things you/we have learned over the years, birds, critters, types of trees, what animals will eat the acorns. The small stuff we tend to ignore some times is all brand new to them. GOOD LUCK to all your kids, my son was more into sports so hunting wasn’t in the cards for him, so I am kind of jealous of the fun you guys are having!

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Posted: 26 September 2012 05:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Berlin, If your close to adams co you can go with us:)

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Posted: 26 September 2012 08:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Wow, great info.  I have two that are going for first time this year and kinda nervous.  Will definately be taking all the ipods and tablets and all that junk.  Forgot about having plenty of snacks.  The camera is a good one also.  Go stuff gents, thanks.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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This is the third year Kole and I have gone deer hunting.  We have a trip planned to So. Illinois to my brothers.  The first year he hit a buck in Mason Co but did not kill it.  My fault.  Last year at brother’s we had 4 does come under us,  he hit the first doe but not a killing shot.  I bring snacks, water, he has his cell phone with him and may take his ipod this year.  In two years he has graduated from hunting w me to being in his own deer stand.  A empty gatorade bottle to piss in can help avoid having to leave the woods for that reason.  I have given him my wool socks off my feet at times when he got cold.  (some how in the cabin he got wet socks)

He is growing so much I have to go buy new camo coat maybe bibs too.  The best part was being in a old tree house with room for him to lay down and take a nap when he was tired.  He even wants to go on the youth deer hunt instead of go to homecoming that weekend like his mom wants him to.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks for the offer WTF! It is only about a 90+ minute drive but this is time for you and your kids. Plus will have to mow, try to shoot a few tree rats and may head over to Otter Lake for some crappie or get some firewood cut. And then try to find 3-4 hrs with Uncle Jack or Uncle Jim for some personal time:) But again thanks and good luck to everyones kids!!

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Posted: 27 September 2012 08:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I will have one boy(14) in schuyler county with his uncle and I will be with my youngest(10) in madison county for his first time. My youngest likes to read so we are taking a book or two. I am also taking my little spotting scope to help spot deer but yet to help pass the time too. I would like to leave the electronic devices at home but I’m sure I will have one stashed in the back pack. Paper and a pencil will keep my youngest entertained for awhile too. Something else I was thinking for him to do was a journal of all the hunting we have done this year. This being his first year (and my first youth season too)I hope He can sit long enough. My buddy has sent me trail cam pics of some nice bucks for my boy to look at so hopefully that will keep him interested for the afternoon(and everything is far game for him too).

I have to thank a friend of mine for all this, as of 3 days ago I didn’t have a place to take him. I was glad to come home and tell my boy I found a place to take him. Its just an afternoon hunt and a long 2.5 hour drive but its worth every bit to be able to take him hunting for his first deer.

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Posted: 28 September 2012 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Snacks for sure.  Ipods…

Be prepard for the following at 30 minutes past sunrise, “Dad, I’m bored…can we go to McDonald’s?”

HAHAHAHAHA!

I made him wait 20 minutes longer and he shot his first deer.

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Posted: 01 October 2012 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Just saw the forecast for the weekend with the kids.  Lows in the 30’s and highs in the 50’s.  COME ON.  I just bought them new light weight huntin cloths.  They are going to be freezing up there and not wanting to sit long.  Hope it warms up some by the weekend.

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