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Posted: 06 September 2012 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I decided this year is the year (maybe) to get my kids a chance at a deer.  Neither one (boy 7, girl 10) has taken Hunter Ed yet but I hunt and shoot with them enough that I am comfortable with them.  I will be getting the Apprentice License for them this year and get them in class next year.  This is all pending they can shoot the TC Encore well enough.  I know my boy is fired up about it, not sure about my daughter yet.  Going to be a fast few weeks trying to get them shooting enough to see if they are as ready as I think they are.

How old were your kids when you let them hunt for deer?  What gun did they use?

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Posted: 06 September 2012 09:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I took my oldest son last year when he was nine with an apprentice license.  This year he completed the hunter safety course.  He is shooting a 20 gauge Remington pump.  My middle son, 9 years old, is going with an apprentice license this year and is shooting an encore pro hunter.  My six year old will be joining us with no license and will be shooting a nerf dart gun.  Should be a real circus.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 09:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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My son was 10 or 11 when he shot his first deer.  I think I had a light weight Charles Daly 20 GA youth model.  I remember that gun being extremely light and comfortable for him.  I missed most youth seasons last few years with all those fall sports weekends.
He’s 17 now - it went by way too quick.  good luck and enjoy!

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Posted: 06 September 2012 09:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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BIGPOND, we have football that weekend also.  Hunt in morning, football in afternoon and maybe back to hunt for last light.  If I have both kids hunting, I think their grandpa is going to have to go.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Took my sons both at age 8. Now they are 17 and 15. This will be my last youth season as the youngest will be 16 next season. I actually feel a little weird about that. Youth season is always cool since it is all about them. But the transition as an “adult hunter” is also pretty awesome as my oldest can attest. He thinks it pretty awesome to hang with the men around the campfire swapping stories about the days events and the deer they saw (or didnt see.) Oldest used a sweet little .20 gauge Browning Gold Micro and the youngest (lefty) used a .20 gauge Browning BPS pump. Both have little to no kick. Good luck to all the youth hunters and to the parents who get to enjoy in the moments!

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Posted: 06 September 2012 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Still trying to talk myself into or out of getting my just turned 8 year old out there on the apprentice license this year…I just am not sure he can make the shot…He has been working hard at getting everything going in the right direction, but it just isn’t happening…It doesn’t help that his 5 year old brother is a natural…

I am thinking it is better to wait another year vs ruining him by starting too early…I know we still have a month, but with everything going on we are running out of practice time…

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Posted: 06 September 2012 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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247, I know what you are talking about.  It will be a last minute decision for me after some practice time.  Plus I don’t have the encore set up yet and don’t have another slug gun that wouldn’t knock either one off their feet.  It will be a busy next few weeks in order to get them ready.  I won’t take them if I don’t think they are ready to make a good shot.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 03:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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My son was 10.  He was shooting my 12 gauge H&R USH right at the word go with Lightfield Lights.  He didn’t score the first year, but has the last two years.

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Posted: 07 September 2012 08:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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My son is 9 and it his 2nd year….He is shooting a remington 20ga 870, with a 4x scope…..

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Posted: 07 September 2012 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I think the shooting will turn my daughter against it.  I have a Moss 20ga that isn’t exact a soft shooter and also the Encore ML.  May end up having my daughter shoot the Encore and the boy shoot the 20ga.  Will see next weekend.

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Posted: 07 September 2012 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Been pricing 11-87 youth guns this morning…Where is the jaw drop smiley!!!!

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Posted: 07 September 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I just find regular guns and cut the stock.  A lot cheaper that way.  A stock is easy to replace later

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Posted: 07 September 2012 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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MattS - 07 September 2012 12:22 PM

I just find regular guns and cut the stock.  A lot cheaper that way.  A stock is easy to replace later

I agree, but the 1187 youth have the adjustable stock…I can buy an 1187 combo then a set of 870 youth stocks and have the same money or less in it…The bird barrel will be a little unbalanced, but I have other options on those…

Ahhh, it’s only money, I’ll make more…LOL

 

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Posted: 07 September 2012 08:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Mine was 10 when he started with a rem 870 youth last couple of years he shot cxva wolf 50 cal very accurate this will be his last then my youngest next year he turns 10 in dec

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