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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 was started out with my uncle's Browning A-5 20 when I was about 7, only cause then I was as big round as tall and I had the mass to handle it. This was a wonderful time in my life and one of the worst hunting mistakes ever made. Every time I saw a dove it was BANG-BANG-BANG. And no bird. I think a single shot should be used or even the same gun I had with the magazine cut-off on. However, I strongly believe that a child should be in the field with an unloaded gun for at least a season and told what is done right and wrong. As a result, or just my excuse, of having all 3 shells at my disposal as a child in a dove field I am still a bad shot with a shotgun, however, I grew up shooting squirrels and rabbits with a single shot BB gun and had to learn to feel the shot at a young age, now I am a much better rifleman than a shotgunner. Like Pa always said, "Good roots make a strong tree."
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