Hunting with a 4/6 year old
4/14/15 @ 8:19 PM
I refuse to leave them at home because they more than want to go. However, I also dont think they are ready to sit in a blind for 10 hours. I have quite a few spots that hold bird both private/public. My thought is not to rip them out of bed before first light as this will do more harm them good. I absolutely love the breaking of dark silence with the eruption of gobbles....however at this point Im willing to miss it to give them a positive experience. My initial thought is to run and gun all day with frequent calling and look for that eager bird.....Any thoughts/ideas....None of my area have consistent action in the morning in a specific area...however, all areas hold bird and receive little to moderate pressure. My big hope is to spot a flock in a place that we can easily close the distance..
Edited on 4/14/15 8:33 PM
4/19/15 @ 8:16 PM
Took them out and they were champ. Unfortunately the birds did not cooperate. However, just seeing all them in the field pumped them up. Decided to let them sleep in and left around 6. Around 3 pm took them home and got a call from a buddy to come hunt his property. Wish they were with me but they were pretty ready to run around, beat each other up and yell. Saw quite a few that night but nothing within range. Thanks for all the ideas.
4/18/15 @ 12:02 PM
I agree with using a blind but only in the early morning. When my son was 4-6yo, I would wake him up early and take him to a blind early while it was still dark he would fall asleep but once the birds started gobbling I would wake him and after he heard the first gobble he would be bright eyed and wide awake. Usually we would sit in the blind until we quit getting responses to our calls. Then I would move sometimes only 75yds other times 250yds. We would sit by a tree or in a blow down etc and call for up to an hour if nothing happened we would move. The biggest thing I found was vocal birds kept his interest. He's 8 now but all three of those years I harvested a bird with him right by my side!
4/17/15 @ 11:15 AM
I do agree with BuckRub, the important thing is to get them out any way you can. I like the blind idea because, if you're not working a bird, it is hard for me to sit for even a half hour virtually motionless. It's impossible for 6/4 year olds, but bumping a quiet one that's 25yds behind you when you stand up, is part of the experience too. Spring is such a wonderful time to be out, with the earth waking up after a winter. Have fun and remember it's more about them than you.
4/16/15 @ 6:29 PM
Maybe I used the term running and gunning a little loosely. What I mean is if, there arent birds in say 3/4 hours picking up and moving to next area in hopes of finding vocal birds there or along the way. Thanks for the info. They both pheasant hunt and duck hunt with me so have some experience. My philosophy is start them young. I know too many people with 10 year olds who would rather stay home and do nothing....
4/16/15 @ 11:10 AM
4/16/15 @ 11:06 AM
Having had my young son tag along in the days before ground blinds and afternoon hunting here are my words of wisdom. #1) Use a blind and bring quiet stuff to occupy them and keep them comfortable, warm, lay down, etc. #2) Bring drinks and snacks. #3) We loved the early morning and sneaking into our spot in the dark...still do. It was exciting and part of the adventure. Unless you know your guys are not morning people, I think that would be an exciting experience, especially hearing those first gobbles. #4) If you can't do the morning hunt, the afternoon hunt again in a blind, is the way to go. #5) Did I mention to use a blind. Running and gunning with two little guys is doomed to failure and disappointment.
4/16/15 @ 9:20 AM
4/15/15 @ 6:32 PM
4/15/15 @ 4:09 PM
I can't picture a 4 and 6 year old sitting still enough when a bird is coming in. Why not set a blind up in a good afternoon spot? My old man hates hunting in the morning we have done this the past two years and he has shot both birds after 4pm. A couple hours in the afternoon could keep things interesting for them and you usually leave before dark anyway.