Deebz wrote:So if you aren't old enough to take the hunter safety in KY, you can still hunt as long as you have an adult with you?
Yes. There are no age restrictions on hunting, but they put a minimum age on when you can take the test. The change happened back less than 10 years ago-- just after #3 son passed Hunter Ed @ 8 yrs old. I had made it a pre-req for hunting with a gun that my kids had to get their card. Passing the test became the most important thing in their lives for a little while. Now, by the time my grand kids can take the test, they'll be way past having it be a real challenge.
Around our house proper gun handling was a big thing starting about age 4. I gave each son a Daisy Training Rifle. They had to treat it like the real thing. Also, discouraged things like paintball and airsoft which gets kids shooting each other at young age. My kids played Army and stuff like that, but they did it cooperatively, shooting at make-believe enemies. The only exception was squirt guns.
Going hunting with Dad happened as early as possible. Angus was in the blind with me at 4. Mooseboy went into the blind @ 7 and into the treestand @ 8. Both had their troubles early on. Angus was recoil shy; that held him up for a couple of years. Mooseboy could not stay awake. The sleeping was not the problem. It was the snoring. Both are now well on their way. Moose's favorite game is squirrel. I think Angus likes whatever is in season.