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When do you start your kids?

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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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My dad started me shooting a BB gun when I was around eight.
He taught me how to handle the gun, mount, shoot, and even made me clean it. When I was nine he enrolled me in a local hunter safety course. (Where I learned a lot of valuable information). When I turned 10, he took me to my first turkey shoot and let me shoot a 20ga. I did not do very well and he realized that I had an eye dominance problem. I am right handed, but left eye dominant. So he changed me from shooting right handed to left handed and the next turkey shoot we went to I won and brought home a whole ham. The same year he took me deer hunting for the first time and let me shoot his 308 he had to stand behind me to keep it from knocking me down when it kicked, but it was great I'll never forget the rush from shooting that gun.
The best part I killed my first deer that day!
No bad for "daddy's little girl"!!
I continued to shoot as I got older, but when I got into high school, I started modeling and did not have time to shoot or hunt. Now my husband and I are avid sporting clay shooters and we love it. Thanks to my great father, I've always had a love of guns and knew the proper way to handle the gun safely. I think safety is the main issue with starting kids. If you have a hunters safety program in your area, it would be well worth the time to enroll your child into the program. In my area the local 4-H club had programs for kids that are interested in shooting and hunting.
Good luck with helping your kids.
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I found this when I was looking at the Orvis web site.
This would be good way to teach gun safety and handling to a young child, who is interested in guns. This small-scale cap gun has authentic features, including a working safety. Shells are reusable; just insert a new cap in the primer position and fire the double triggers. The report is not too loud, and there is no recoil or compression built up. Barrel-ends are plugged, so it's perfectly safe. At $49.00 you can't beat this to teach gun saftey and handling. Check out the link below.
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