There is nothing more exhilarating than teaching your children skills that you are passionate about, especially if your passion is spending time outdoors hunting. While the balance can be challenging, many families are successful and pass down skills to future generations that can help protect and preserve the great outdoors for future generations.
Some of the Most Important Aspects of Outdoor Living & Raising a Hunting Family Include:
• Gun Safety First: It is imperative that your child knows all of the safety rules that pertain to handling a firearm, primitive weapon (muzzle loader) or other hunting weapons such as a bow. You need to teach them the rules before you take them out into a real life situation. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that your child not only has a complete understanding or the rule but also why the rule is so important to begin with.
• Always be Prepared: Be sure to carry the extra supplies that may be needed for child during a hunt. Children have a tendency to get a lot colder than adults and may require additional clothing. Depending on the age of the child, their attention span is probably a lot shorter than yours so it’s a good idea to bring along a quiet game or coloring book to keep boredom at bay during the wait times.
• Make Learning a Fun Experience: Teach your child how to identify wildlife, trees etc. and then make it into a game. Both I Spy and Twenty Questions are classics for the great outdoors.
• Be Patient: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Every child has a different learning pace. While they may not understand everything as quickly as you want them to, if you make it a fun experience, in time you will succeed.
• It’s About Spending Time Together: Raising a hunting family is about sharing an experience and passing down your family traditions. It’s about having fun and spending time together as well as bonding. Your children will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and continue the tradition with their families.
The single most important aspect of teaching your family to hunt is safety. In fact you can never overstate the importance of gun safety in any situation hunting or otherwise.
Shooting Range Industries Provide the Following Shooting Safety Tips when Using Firearms:
There are basically four primary rules of firearms safety. Teach your children this basic checklist which is comprised of the following four items and can easily be remembered with the acronym – ACTT.
• A – Always treat every single firearm as though it were loaded.
• C – Control the muzzle of the gun at all times.
• T – Be certain of the target and conscience of what is in front of and beyond the target.
• T – Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
Teaching your child these gun safety tips will ensure that you, your family and those around you are kept safe and secure at all times.