I was honestly surprised to find out it was not a storybook success for my #2 son when he started deer hunting. He had everything going for him. It has been 6 seasons since he first held a rifle in the stand, and he still has no big buck to show for it. It took him until his third season before he got one. However, we've done this thing together, we've cut no corners, and he's a now a good strong 16 yr old with lots of experience and lots of stories.
On the other hand, I can tell you of father/child combinations that have paid for a big hunt, gone out and bagged a whopper their first time out and the kid walks away wondering what all the big fuss was about.