What To Consider When Taking Your Children On Their First Hunting Trip
Taking your child on their first hunting trip can be exciting and scary, for both your children and yourself. You want to ensure your child is safe at all times but still enjoys the hunting trip. Once you have the essentials; their license, neon jacket, hunting boots and gloves and, of course, snacks, then you need to consider what else you may have missed to ensure your child’s first hunt is a good one.
Get Them Involved With Planning And Packing
To get your child excited and truly understand what they are going to do, get them involved with everything from planning where and what to hunt, helping choose the spot, and packing the night before. When you go scouting, take them with you and when you are setting up your stand, let them help. Allowing them to get involved will brace them for what is to come and build up their understanding and excitement. Let them pack their own things (check it afterward when they’re asleep) so they truly understand that hunting is not just about going out on the day and going to the woods.
Don’t Hype Up Their Expectations
Unfortunately, hunting doesn’t always go to plan and we know that animals don’t just come and stand perfectly still in front of us with a perfect shot. What your child probably isn’t imagining is the fact you may not find something for hours, that they may miss, or that when an animal is shot there will be blood and mess. They need to understand that they will need to be patient to be good at hunting and what happens when you kill an animal, from tracking to field dressing. If they understand all of this, there will be no disappointments when you go on your hunting trip.
The single and most important thing for parents is wanting their children to always be safe. Taking your children on their first hunt can be an extremely anxious time for parents more than the children. You may want them to take a hunting safety course first, so you know they have been taught well by a professional because, as a parent, we may overprotect and scare them off. We want to ensure although they know they need to be safe, they still have fun. Make sure they know the basics of gun safety, how to carry a rifle, how to hold one and when is safe to shoot.
Taking your child on their first hunting trip can be a great family bonding experience and can introduce your child into the world of hunting in a safe way. Hunting has always been an American pastime and has always been seen as a great father-son bonding experience, but that doesn’t mean your daughter shouldn’t hunt if she wants to! Just remember, be safe, wrap up warm, and don’t forget the hot chocolate and the snacks. That way you will have a great first hunting trip as a family.