Are you bringing your kids hunting for the first time but are feeling a bit apprehensive? We’ve got you covered.
An exciting part of a hunting family’s life is when the children are old enough to come along. It seems to happen so quickly — what feels like yesterday, you were bringing your baby home from the hospital, and now they get to join you in one of your favorite things — hunting! Taking your kids hunting for the first time is a thrilling milestone, but there are definitely a few things to keep in mind before you head for the hills.
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What to Know Before You Bring Your Kids Hunting
- Safety First — Well before your hunt begins, you need to take the time to teach your kids about gun and hunting safety. An accurate shot requires dedication and plenty of practice, so take your kids to the shooting range to practice theirs. Additionally, every hunter needs a basic knowledge of hunting safety and needs to complete the hunter’s education course before carrying on a hunting adventure. It is essential for all to be cautious, aware, and thoughtful before pulling the trigger.
- Talk About What Happens on a Hunt — Kids are curious creatures and before their first hunt, fill them in on the general process of what is to happen and what they should expect.
- Come Prepared — Kids don’t always have the patience to wait around for the perfect buck to walk by your blind. They can quickly become bored, hungry, and thirsty. Be prepared for whatever they throw at you by packing snacks, water, and books to help pass the time.
- Zero Screen Time — Kids these days get plenty of screen time, so put them away for the hunt. Besides, you’ll want to make sure you have enough battery in case of an emergency.
- Dress Appropriately — Everyone, especially children, is happier when they are comfortable, so make sure they are dressed appropriately for the hunt. Dress in layers, appropriate footwear, blaze orange wear, and camo are all necessities.
- Set Proper Expectations — Hunting is exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking, especially for first-timers. Make sure to set proper expectations with your kids about the hunt — not all hunts end up successful and that’s okay! Hunting is not only about the potential trophy at the end. You’re also there to make memories.
- Don’t Forget Your Expectations, Too — It’s important to remember that you’re the adult, and they are kids. Remember to be patient with them and try to make it a positive experience for all. Additionally, since you’re the grown-up here, you are responsible for your child, their safety, and the safety of others. Don’t forget to refresh your memory on basic first aid skills and carry a well-equipped kit.
Bringing Your Kids Hunting? Contact R & K Hunting Company First
Bringing your kids hunting is an exciting and heartwarming experience for the entire family. It is the perfect way to spend time together and build your bond, and R & K Hunting Company is here to help you make that possible. Whether you have a mentor tag or your kids are of legal age to hunt, we want to help you create lifelong memories hunting the beautiful mountains of Utah and Wyoming. We do the work for you so you and your kiddos can enjoy your time together. Contact R & K Hunting Company to book your next hunt today.