Re: Appropriate Hunting age
At age 5 my Dad was taking me squirrel hunting and duck hunting with a .410. I killed squirrels at that age. At 7 I graduated to a crackbarrel 20 ga. and killed my first ducks. Sometime around 8 or 9 he took me deer hunting with a shotgun. Graduated to a .243 at 10 and killed my first deer then (that is still my deer rifle 26 years later). I was probably 12 or 14 before I was allowed to hunt by myself, but by then I had many years of training.
I took my oldest daughter to the duck blind without a gun at age five. Started teaching both to shoot last year at 5 and 6 with a .410 and a .22. Took both of them in the duck blind last year and brought the .410 hoping they could shoot a duck on the water, but no opportunities. They are still very small so I am not ready to let them shoot on their own at moving targets, but hopefully that is not far away.