Re: Appropriate Hunting age
I teach hunter safety each year to kids beginning as young as 8 years old. Not all are ready for the responsiblility of hunting whether supervised or not. It just depends on the individual child and their parents. I started my own children hunting with me as dog handlers or just tag alongs when they were able to walk along. My daugher shot her first rabbit at age 8. My son at age 5. Both with me right there with them helping them make the stalk and set up for the shot. My daugher killed her first and only deer at age 14 which was the legal minimum age here in Wyoming at that time. My son shot his first deer at age 12 after they changed the law to 12. Both sat through several hunter safety classes with me and I wouldn't have let them hunt if I didn't feel they were ready. My son tried to get an elk but we couldn't get the right set up at age 12. He was ready but my daughter would have needed more time regardless of what the legal age was.
My biggest concern are some of the adults that take my hunter safety graduates hunting. They have the kids do some unsafe and unethical actions while hunting because thats the way the parents hunt.