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At what age should a youngster be allowed to handle firearms for deer hunting without adult supervision?

Question by 99explorer. Uploaded on February 20, 2010

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i Think 14 is a good age. But just whenever they have become responsible.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I dunno. Kilt my first one when I was 14. Started dove hunting when I was 12, after being in the field supervised for two years.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

What ever the state regulations say, In Ga you have to be 16 before you can hunt without adult supervision.

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from bobcat.trapper.95 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

after hunting every year with my dad in the deer and turkey woods i deer hunted by myself when i turned 11 and killed a deer by myself not to long after and have every year since then and turkeys i was 12 just so i would learn when to run and when to sit and when to call and that stuff..deer i just sat at the base of a tree watching and waiting for a deer to pass..

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from naten wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i think 14 is a good age. i think anywhere under that they probably dont have the knowledge and experience that i think they need. i know they still wouldnt have alot of experience and knowledge but i think you need to have at least 2 years hunting with an adult before you go off on your own

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from RichardF wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Check state laws, but I would say every kid is different. An evaluation of the kids maturity level and past shooting experiances. If they have had any poor judgements in the past take that into consideration as well.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

well in ohio you gotta be at least 18 before you can hunt without being accompanied by an adult. so i guess its up to the state to decide when your old enough.

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from zschneebs wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I think it should be when they are responsible and can handle the firearm.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I know this will start something, but ...
I was 10 whwn I started hunting without direct supervision.
I had handled firearms for 6 years at that point and my dad thought that I was responsible enough at that time. I had been on several "up-land bird" hunts with adults and carried my own shotgun on these hunts.
It should be up to the parents/Guardians/Hunting party to decide if the child is RESPONSIBLE enough to accept this responsibility.

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from atien wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

im thirteen and i have been huntin for 4-5 years have already shot 3 antlered deer and i have always hunted with an adult and until this past year i dont know if i would have trusted myself hunting with a gun on my own. you dont have to listen to me because im 13 but id say 12. as long as they have experience and they have their hunters safety

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from ARhunter wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I've 13 and i've hunted since i was five. Personally i can not take deer hunting with another person. I just think that other people to me are just too loud to hunt with. I killed three deer by myself this year. Hunted by myself last year and a little before that. When a kid knows his ethics and how to handle his firearms he can hunt. Although me and my dads stand are always within 100 yards of each other.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

14

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

whatever the legal age is for it in your state.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I know Adults who need Adult supervision and some happen to be Law Enforcement, NO JOKE!

It all depends on the individual. It can range form 10 years old even less to never in a million years!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I pulled the trigger to soon!

As for youngster to be allowed to handle firearms for deer hunting without adult supervision? Just may be a violation of State Law, even if they passed a Hunter Safety Course!

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from victorytw228 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I think it more depends on the hunter than the age. The more experience and time in the field and maturity level to me would play a great role. I have always thought to start them out young. My father tried his best to start me out young and I will do the same thing for my children. But they will also be taught to respect the land and animals, to take their time, and most importantly if the gun gets pointed at me or another person it will end up across there backside.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I would say 15-16 but I rely more on the person's maturity and responsibility level. There are quite a few adults out there that I wouldn't trust with a gun and also a lot of young hunters that could probably handle things very well on their own but are restricted from hunting alone by the laws. Which brings me to make sure you do check local laws before sending junior out alone.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Without adult supervision, i think 16 maybe.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I say 14 will be a good age without adult supervision!!!

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Play it by ear, I know plenty of people 16 and over who I wouldn't even let touch an unloaded firearm. It's all just your judgement.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Depends on the child.

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i got my first gun when i was 4, went out for squirrels when i was 8 by my self, and buy 10 i was hunting deer by my self, but like some others have said it depends, i know some adults who i wouldnt let go alone.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I agree with Buckhunter, I've met youngsters that impressed the heck out of me and some adults that scared the crap out of me. Bring 'em up right and you can start 'em young. The others, well, there are other activities to interest them.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Many states have a legal minimum. For example, California minimum age to purchase a deer tag is 12. As several have mentioned intellectual maturity is paramount, some have that at 7 others have not reached it at 70
My Father would let me hunt alone at 7, but not with other children until I was in early teens

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

In wisconsin it is 14 I agree with that age. I think after 2 years of supervised hunting they should know what is safe and what isn't.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

It's not a matter of age, it's a matter of early training and the individual. My kids were tagging along at 5 and 6 years of age and were trustworthy at an early age (don't remember exactly, 12 or so), while I've seen teenagers and older who shouldn't be trusted with a flyswatter, much less a firearm.

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from backcountrybeagle wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I'm thinking 15

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

What ever the state regulations say, In Ga you have to be 16 before you can hunt without adult supervision.

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from RichardF wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Check state laws, but I would say every kid is different. An evaluation of the kids maturity level and past shooting experiances. If they have had any poor judgements in the past take that into consideration as well.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I know this will start something, but ...
I was 10 whwn I started hunting without direct supervision.
I had handled firearms for 6 years at that point and my dad thought that I was responsible enough at that time. I had been on several "up-land bird" hunts with adults and carried my own shotgun on these hunts.
It should be up to the parents/Guardians/Hunting party to decide if the child is RESPONSIBLE enough to accept this responsibility.

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i Think 14 is a good age. But just whenever they have become responsible.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I dunno. Kilt my first one when I was 14. Started dove hunting when I was 12, after being in the field supervised for two years.

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from bobcat.trapper.95 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

after hunting every year with my dad in the deer and turkey woods i deer hunted by myself when i turned 11 and killed a deer by myself not to long after and have every year since then and turkeys i was 12 just so i would learn when to run and when to sit and when to call and that stuff..deer i just sat at the base of a tree watching and waiting for a deer to pass..

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from naten wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i think 14 is a good age. i think anywhere under that they probably dont have the knowledge and experience that i think they need. i know they still wouldnt have alot of experience and knowledge but i think you need to have at least 2 years hunting with an adult before you go off on your own

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

well in ohio you gotta be at least 18 before you can hunt without being accompanied by an adult. so i guess its up to the state to decide when your old enough.

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from zschneebs wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I think it should be when they are responsible and can handle the firearm.

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from atien wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

im thirteen and i have been huntin for 4-5 years have already shot 3 antlered deer and i have always hunted with an adult and until this past year i dont know if i would have trusted myself hunting with a gun on my own. you dont have to listen to me because im 13 but id say 12. as long as they have experience and they have their hunters safety

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from ARhunter wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I've 13 and i've hunted since i was five. Personally i can not take deer hunting with another person. I just think that other people to me are just too loud to hunt with. I killed three deer by myself this year. Hunted by myself last year and a little before that. When a kid knows his ethics and how to handle his firearms he can hunt. Although me and my dads stand are always within 100 yards of each other.

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

i got my first gun when i was 4, went out for squirrels when i was 8 by my self, and buy 10 i was hunting deer by my self, but like some others have said it depends, i know some adults who i wouldnt let go alone.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

14

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

whatever the legal age is for it in your state.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I know Adults who need Adult supervision and some happen to be Law Enforcement, NO JOKE!

It all depends on the individual. It can range form 10 years old even less to never in a million years!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I pulled the trigger to soon!

As for youngster to be allowed to handle firearms for deer hunting without adult supervision? Just may be a violation of State Law, even if they passed a Hunter Safety Course!

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from victorytw228 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I think it more depends on the hunter than the age. The more experience and time in the field and maturity level to me would play a great role. I have always thought to start them out young. My father tried his best to start me out young and I will do the same thing for my children. But they will also be taught to respect the land and animals, to take their time, and most importantly if the gun gets pointed at me or another person it will end up across there backside.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I would say 15-16 but I rely more on the person's maturity and responsibility level. There are quite a few adults out there that I wouldn't trust with a gun and also a lot of young hunters that could probably handle things very well on their own but are restricted from hunting alone by the laws. Which brings me to make sure you do check local laws before sending junior out alone.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Without adult supervision, i think 16 maybe.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Play it by ear, I know plenty of people 16 and over who I wouldn't even let touch an unloaded firearm. It's all just your judgement.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Depends on the child.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I agree with Buckhunter, I've met youngsters that impressed the heck out of me and some adults that scared the crap out of me. Bring 'em up right and you can start 'em young. The others, well, there are other activities to interest them.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Many states have a legal minimum. For example, California minimum age to purchase a deer tag is 12. As several have mentioned intellectual maturity is paramount, some have that at 7 others have not reached it at 70
My Father would let me hunt alone at 7, but not with other children until I was in early teens

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I say 14 will be a good age without adult supervision!!!

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from Logan123 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

In wisconsin it is 14 I agree with that age. I think after 2 years of supervised hunting they should know what is safe and what isn't.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

It's not a matter of age, it's a matter of early training and the individual. My kids were tagging along at 5 and 6 years of age and were trustworthy at an early age (don't remember exactly, 12 or so), while I've seen teenagers and older who shouldn't be trusted with a flyswatter, much less a firearm.

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from backcountrybeagle wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I'm thinking 15

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