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When do you start your kids?

1969 Views 17 Replies 15 Participants Last post by  SeeMorClays
I've seen several post on this and other boards about what shotgun to buy because you son/daughter is interested in shooting (be it trap, skeet, s-clays, hunting or other).

I've seen posters refer to their 10 year olds, 11 year olds, 12 year olds and so on. Remember, a 10 year old is in the 4-5 grade.

At what age did you start you your young one?

Other than age, what else did you consider?

What were they shooting/doing? Trap, skeet, s-clays, hunting, etc (other)

What restrictions did you put one them? One shell at a time, shoot only, when I am directly behind you (most likely trap, skeet etc).

What did you make your young one go through before they handled a shotgun? ie: safty class, 'go with me for 6 mos and watch before you pick up a gun????etc.

How old were they before you considered it a non-event (treated them like you expected to be treated)

How long ago was that? Are they still shooting? What do they shoot?

Have you ever walked off a trap, skeet line because of a young shooter not being properly supervised?

Some one will think of something else. Share it with us.
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I started when I was around 10 yrs. old, and I loved it. My 2 sons now are 5 and 7. The seven year old is getting his first BB gun for his B-day next month. Both of the help me re-load, have watched safety videos, and I tell them all the time what they should and should'nt be doing. (I quiz them) I believe that you should take the curiosity out of the child as soon as they are old enough to understand common rules about gun safety. I let them hold my shotguns, and even my handguns, unloaded of course!!!!! just my 2 cents! enjoy them while they're young, and get them involved in the outdoors as soon as possible. They are the future!!!
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