If you love hunting, you should always protect the sport for future generations. The best way you can ensure good hunting for decades to come is by teaching kids proper hunting skills.
Whether you are a parent, an aunt or uncle, or a mentor, taking kids hunting is a rewarding experience.
Safety should be the absolute, #1 goal for hunting with kids. Communicate proper safety and make sure they know the rules. Showing kids that good hunting starts with a mind towards safety is the first priority for shaping future hunters.
After safety, you should focus on making the hunt enjoyable for the kids. Everything you do should be geared towards keeping the kids involved, happy, and comfortable. You can focus on bagging a trophy later; right now, it’s the child that matters.
You might stay in your treestand from sunup to sundown, but you can’t expect the same endurance from children. Plan on short hunts, probably no more than a few hours, and kids will be more enthusiastic to join you next time.
Rainy weather and harsh winds can be a great time for hunting...as an adult. For a child, good weather is more ideal for hunting. Taking a child hunting in poor conditions will only make them scared, uncomfortable, and cold. If bad weather is coming, plan your hunt for another day.
As an avid hunter, you know the importance of high-quality hunting apparel. Dress a kid in proper hunting gear so they appreciate good camouflage and proper hunting garments, including blaze orange. This will also make the kid feel more involved in the hunting process.
Kids are curious. Every moment in hunting represents a teaching opportunity; so take the time to explain why you carry your shotgun in a certain manner, why you shoot ahead of a duck, or how to tell a deer’s age. Kids want to know why, so become a teacher on hunting day.
Big game is probably not the most ideal way to start a youth hunt. Instead, go for something small and active, like squirrel or rabbit hunting. This will give the child the chance to experience hunting at a smaller size, moving them into deer and other large game in the future.
Kids should know that hunting is more than just pointing a gun and shooting. It also involves preparation and practice. Let the kid help with setting up decoys, building a duck blind, inspecting a treestand, and training the dogs. This will help them become invested in the sport.
Finally, make sure you are setting a good example for the child. We want smart, responsible, and ethical hunters for the future, so don’t trespass, don’t shoot recklessly, and never disregard the value of an animal’s life. By teaching good hunting ethics, you are protecting the future of outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.
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Hunters have sought shed antlers on the forest floor for as long as they’ve hunted deer. In recent years, antler shed hunting has become more popular than ever. However, while shed hunting is a rewarding activity, it is often difficult at the outset. Fortunately, dedicated NOMADs usually get better at finding antlers as they accumulate more experience. To enjoy success, you’ll want to hone your skills, cloak yourself in the right type of gear and maybe even enlist the help of your dogs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for a while, we hope these antler shed hunting tips will help you improve your take.
No matter the pursuit, sportsmen and sportswomen are always interested in improving their game. If you fish for bass, you’re always after a bigger one than you caught the day before; if you like to stalk gobblers, you’re always on the lookout for a bigger and better bird than the last. Similarly, whitetail hunters are always keen to harvest a bigger buck than they ever have. And this drive will last for the rest of your life. Even if you managed to claim the biggest whitetail buck ever killed, you’d be out again next season, looking for his big brother. In this post, we’ll showcase some of the biggest whitetail deer on record and offer some background on the record keeping process.
Despite the close kinship of deer and elk, both species represent very different challenges to the NOMADs who hunt them. Most experienced hunters and guides would agree that deer are the easier quarry to pursue, but if you learn to embrace the ways in which these species differ and apply the skills you’ve learned hunting deer, you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a big bull. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between deer and elk hunting so you can have the edge over whichever game you choose to pursue.