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Author Topic: Getting youths ready  (Read 408 times)

Offline Bowguy

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Getting youths ready
« on: January 13, 2024, 05:08:03 PM »
I commonly post something similar every little bit so the old hands please forgive me. I see lots of new fellas and they may want to consider these thoughts.
Lots of guys may be about to start kids on a first hunt or first shoot journey. Pretty fun but a few things you may want to consider.
Don’t start them out (if they’ve never shot) with shotguns. I use .22 rimfire, than a 22-250 for the noise, maybe a .223 next but the idea is ease them up whatever way you decide.
Once you start with shotguns, someone always thinks .410 is best. Maybe for shooting a can out back or a turkey head target but if you’re looking to teach wingshooting a .28 is better.
Be sure the gun fits the child, no hand me down oversized guns.
When shooting anything cept maybe the .22 use double hearing protection. Felt recoil is determined by lots of things. Gun weight, action, load weight, stock drop, stance or seated position, but noise is a big one no one thinks of. If it’s super noisy many think it must kick so double them up.
Once patterning the gun, you do that alone without the kid, let them only practice with light target loads. Come opening morning hand them hunt shells. Believe me they never notice when shooting at turkey. Something you need to practice is positioning. Teach them to keep the shoulder pointed at the bird expected route and show them how/when to move. Not time to super teach when a bird is 25 yards out.
Make sure to teach safe use and that means using a safety each time. It’ll make them familiar with where it is anyhow. If a single shot teach decocking safely. .
Another thing guys may not understand is the importance of shooting with a dominant eye. That may not match the dominant hand but your eye leads the shot not your hand. Closing an eye to change dominance can lead to unsafe moments and kill depth perception. Best to teach them right straight off
Hey remember something. Kids hunt, kids pace. If they get tired and bored you need to quit and not risk forcing a no next time.
Best of luck, post some pics guys

Now for guys without kids. Find one and help em. Best thing you ever did

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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2024, 09:50:46 AM »
All good advice .... being 65 with no children .... the best part was "kids hunt .... kids pace"   

Offline Greg Massey

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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2024, 11:49:22 AM »
As a kid I started out leaning about guns playing with cap guns and pop guns... As I got older I got a BB Gun and carried it everywhere, and most of the time I didn't even have any BB's for the gun, just carried it around. One of the old Red Riders... As I got older, my dad got me a hand- me - down single shot 410 which I only carried and used with my dad's supervision and eventually I moved up to a 20 ga. single barrel... Man I wish I had that old double holster set of cap guns and that old lever action pop gun... Lot's of great memories ...

Offline MK M GOBL

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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2024, 11:01:13 PM »
I commonly post something similar every little bit so the old hands please forgive me. I see lots of new fellas and they may want to consider these thoughts.
Lots of guys may be about to start kids on a first hunt or first shoot journey. Pretty fun but a few things you may want to consider.
Don’t start them out (if they’ve never shot) with shotguns. I use .22 rimfire, than a 22-250 for the noise, maybe a .223 next but the idea is ease them up whatever way you decide.
Once you start with shotguns, someone always thinks .410 is best. Maybe for shooting a can out back or a turkey head target but if you’re looking to teach wingshooting a .28 is better.
Be sure the gun fits the child, no hand me down oversized guns.
When shooting anything cept maybe the .22 use double hearing protection. Felt recoil is determined by lots of things. Gun weight, action, load weight, stock drop, stance or seated position, but noise is a big one no one thinks of. If it’s super noisy many think it must kick so double them up.
Once patterning the gun, you do that alone without the kid, let them only practice with light target loads. Come opening morning hand them hunt shells. Believe me they never notice when shooting at turkey. Something you need to practice is positioning. Teach them to keep the shoulder pointed at the bird expected route and show them how/when to move. Not time to super teach when a bird is 25 yards out.
Make sure to teach safe use and that means using a safety each time. It’ll make them familiar with where it is anyhow. If a single shot teach decocking safely. .
Another thing guys may not understand is the importance of shooting with a dominant eye. That may not match the dominant hand but your eye leads the shot not your hand. Closing an eye to change dominance can lead to unsafe moments and kill depth perception. Best to teach them right straight off
Hey remember something. Kids hunt, kids pace. If they get tired and bored you need to quit and not risk forcing a no next time.
Best of luck, post some pics guys

Now for guys without kids. Find one and help em. Best thing you ever did

Always great posts on the Youth and goes hand in hand for some of those adult ladies and guys who have never shot before.

Just had another 20 students through Hunter's Ed Class, been doing these for the last 14 years, and we take them as young as 10 and up.

Our Wisconsin DNR "Learn to Hunt" Programs also include Turkey as a class/course and this will be 21 years for me!! Only requirements for us are at least 10 years old and have not killed a bird yet.

Such great stuff out there to help others learn, and if you have that in you to do share that time, experience and everything that makes turkey hunting, turkey hunting for you!


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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2024, 12:14:28 AM »
Great post!

My little guy is now 10 years old and has been afield with me since age 4. We have a couple hunting blinds a short walk from the car and God has been gracious enough to fill the woods with game near our blind.

My little guy can spend a couple hours, quietly and mostly motionless with snacks, his iPad and some games we play together on the iPad. We even read and past here while in the blind.

His gun is a custom made semi auto Hatfield 28 gauge with a 20” bbl.

God has also blessed us with some of the dumbest Turkeys on the east coast, or my little guy can scratch a call well enough to get gobblers to react!

He harvested his first gobbler this past spring a 20 pounder with 1” spurs and his Hatfield 28

Offline Bowguy

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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2024, 12:33:41 AM »
Very cool, congrats to you both!

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Re: Getting youths ready
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2024, 06:56:46 PM »
Good post and good advices!