Way to go Mike, big fan of your site.
My daughter Ella (age 8) shot this buck Nov 23, 2014 after 16 hours on stand during Illinois’ first shotgun season. A fine Sunday morning buck with a youth muzzleloader. Made all those hours at that Hunter Safety course worthwhile. We’re both looking forward to another father-daughter hunt this year. All the best, Bruce
Way to go Ella, good luck this season!
Way to go Ella, I’m very happy for any child that gets to hunt with there Dad. I grew up hunting with my Dad and that’s the very reason I still hunt, I love every moment of the hunt, always when younger people are involved.
Nice job! But I can not help wondering if an 8 year old is able to understand that she/he just killed a living creature. Not that she made daddy proud or that she spent quality time with a parent but does any 8 year old or their parent know for certain how killing anything will affect them later in their lives?
I sat in deer blinds and followed along behind my father and grandfather while they hunted birds since I could walk but didn’t pull a trigger until I was 12. Four years (8 to 12) is third of a life time but four years to an 8 year old is half a life time, consider for a moment that a large part of the first half was spent in diapers. Ultimately is is up to the parent to decide if their child is ready for such a big burden as killing or replying to other classmates whom may not be from a hunting culture.