Re: Appropriate Hunting age
I got started late in life at about 25 but I started my two sons at 13 in trainig with a center fire rifle ( they shot pellet guns at 12) and they started to hunt when they were 14. My Grandson shot his first deer at 12 years old and this year He is doing a youth Elk hunt in Kentucky and we think he will get a trophy because it's a special hunt and they are providing a guide.
It varies by the kid also as a few friends of mine started their kid hunting really early for Elk in Colorado and the kids just hated it as they weren't physically ready for the toughness of the hunt. Those two boys don't hunt anymore and it was because of their first experiences.
When my Garndson did his first Elk hunt in Colorado when he was 13 my Son had to cut back on where he hunted so that he would not beat the kid up on the mountains by hunting where we usually hunt. It would have been to physically demanding on him because at the time he weighed around a 100 pounds.
He uses a Savage Model 99 in 300 Savage that I gave him as it was my first gun and I had it completly redone and gave it him before his first Deer hunt. He took a Doe with his youth Deer tag on opening morning with it.