Taking my son

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by MTRaised, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. MTRaised

    MTRaised New Member

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    Oct 6, 2005
    Grain Valley
    My son is 4 and I would like to take him on his 1st spring turkey hunt this year. I have a pop up blind to help cnceal his movements. For those that have taken their children I am looking for advise on things to do and not do from your experiences.

    If we get a turkey great but mostly this will just be an intro into the sport, but like anybody if your out you want to at least see something. I thought about going out youth week end and just doing some calling.
     
  2. Cburrows_tx

    Cburrows_tx New Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    Lamar Co. Texas
    Get the boy out!!! I take my daughter every chance I get. My nephew loves it out there too.

    Do not worry you are gonna have a good time. Take him a bottle of water and snacks! You might want to grab a coloring book and cayons or something else to occupy him for a bit to that is quite, for the most part. Oh and do not have a heart attach when you are sitting there and everything is hush hush and out of the blue hear.... DAD, I have to pee in a not so quite voice!!

    It is truely the greatest thing I have ever done in the woods! To be able to get the kids out and see nature at its best! Take a camera! There si something about those kids in a blind having a good time that you are gonna want pics of!

    Good luck and congrats on taking the little man out!
     

  3. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    Remember you're out there for him not you. Don't expect to kill something but if it happens consider it a bonus. Have fun and try not to harp on the be still and be quiet so much at first. 4 years is a little dude and it will be hard for him from excitement alone. Heck I'm not a little dude anymore and it's for ME from excitement alone !

    :cheers:
     
  4. Hatch

    Hatch New Member

    Jul 17, 2005
    OFallon MO
    When I started taking my son he was about 4, I always sat him between my legs so I could control his movement and help him see what was happening, I still do sometimes during the youth hunt and that helps keep us both from moving to see each other. He is 13 now so his youth hunting days are abot over...
     
  5. winger

    winger New Member

    Oct 24, 2003
    my daughter went every year except last year since she was three. i remember having to carry her into and out of the woods. she loved to listen to them gobble in the mornings. after that it was time to take a nap. she says she might want to go again this year, i hope so. she is getting older and other things are occupying her mind. won't get into that.:mad: just remember to take things to keep them occuppied during the slow periods and when they are ready to go, they are ready to go.
     
  6. r2ahunter

    r2ahunter New Member

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    Dec 6, 2005
    down on the farm
    take a little sleepn bag for him to lay on if he wants. If he gets bored have something to occupy him while he's just hanging out. Don't get frustrated if he doesn't make it long cause you dont wont to burn him out. i like using bino's for them to play with and even prior to the hunt if you use a friction call let him try to make a turkey call even if its not that good he will still feel like he's part of the hunt. dont forget snacks,water, camera, and have lots of fun........Good Luck
     
  7. Bronco Brian

    Bronco Brian New Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Georgetown, MN
    Mainly-keep it short, its his day not yours
     
  8. mrclean

    mrclean New Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    Harrisburg
    I've been thinking about taking my 4-year old this spring too.
    All the suggestions about using a blind, making it fun, keeping it short, etc..make sense.
    I don't know about your kid, but it will be a shock to mine to drag him out at 4am.
    I'm thinking I'll wait as late as possible and sneak him in in the early morning light closer to 6.
     
  9. Keith

    Keith New Member

    Dec 13, 2002
    Springfield, MO.
    Enjoy.....make some great memories................:)