Have you ever thought about what it takes to make a deer hunter — a really good deer hunter? I don’t pretend to have all the answers on this subject, but I know what has worked for me and my son.
1. Start ‘em Early
It is never too early to teach a child about nature.
2. Fan the Fire
Starting a child young is critical, but just as important is keeping him interested. Consequently, making a child a part of your hunting experience is crucial to his development as a hunter.
3. Teach the Basics Early
Teaching a child the basics of bow/firearms safety and the nuances of hunting are critical pieces to the hunting puzzle.
One of the keys to becoming a good deer hunter is repeating a task. This is especially the case when it comes to accurately shooting a bow or firearm.
5. Don’t Make it a Stress Test
One of the quickest ways to kill a young hunter’s desire to hunt is to turn hunting into a stress test. Because deer seasons often involve hunting in all kinds of bad weather, it is important to slowly ease a young hunter into the sport.
6. Make if Fun
This point goes hand-in-glove with No. 5. Make all aspects of the hunt — from scouting to target practice, to the actual hunt — as enjoyable as possible.
7. Encourage Them
It is very easy for a young hunter to get discouraged.
8. Equip Them Right
When I was first getting into hunting I didn’t have the option of owning equipment that fit me.
If you want to keep a young hunter in the game, it is important they see deer. Nothing will cause a beginning hunter to exit the sport faster than sitting on stand for hours at a time without seeing anything.
One of the real beauties of deer hunting is that, when done right, it makes you want to give back more than you receive from nature.
A hunter’s journey is made up of many components. When done right, the process leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime.