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    Advice about teaching my sons about fieldsports please

    Hi guys after some advice and feedback about teaching my twin sons all about air rifles and fieldsports generally

    I know they are a bit too young at the moment at 4 1/2 years old but when did you teach any of yours or take them out decoying, ferretting, etc?

    They know that I go shooting and Nathan points his finger at any pigeon and rabbit he sees and says 'pow, 40p or pow, quid!', much to the wife's dismay and my amusement!! They have also watched me skin bunnies and helped to pluck pigeons already and tday when I said the bbq was coming out they wanted rabbit kebabs

    Also when I asked what they wanted to do Saturday they said go to the woods and stalk and watch some deer. Which we tried but to no avail due to the constant questions being asked

    Just wondering when they would start to understand the safety and danger of guns, etc?


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    Quote Originally Posted by stratts View Post
    ..Just wondering when they would start to understand the safety and danger of guns, etc?..
    Now's the time. I was this age when I was given a copy of:

    Now's the time to engrain that they never, ever point a firearm at anybody.

    Good luck. JCS

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    Nice one thanks mate is there an updated version in street speak, innit, lol!!

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    They start to understand the safety and danger of guns as soon as they are born - loud noises and sudden movements startle - so start as soon as possible. I wouldn't expect them to have the experience to choose the right actions for a while (and it is easy to rush it and spoil things) but if you can teach them to stay clear of the fire, you can teach them basic gun safety.

    The following are the rules on the subject that my grandfather taught me after the birth of the first of my kids:

    1) Never too young to start.
    2) We learn by example so whenever they might be watching or listening, make sure you do the right thing and explain why you are doing it.
    3) We learn by example (2): remember that they will learn bad habits just as quickly, so keep them away from people who set the wrong example until they are old enough to know the difference.
    4) Keep it fun and interesting.

    One of my greatest fieldsports pleasures is to share it with my sons, as my father and grandfathers shared it with me.

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    my grandad taught me the art of 'poaching' rabbits when I was just out of nappies...ferrets, frosty mornings..long nets.. running dogs...He also had an old .22 we used, rusty as feck..single shot open sights...great memories from a time when it was 'ok'

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigboot View Post
    Just keep doing what your doing stratts.

    I had my oldest boy (now 9) out fishing from a young age (4), only started with the odd hour here and there to keep him interested, the more we caught, the more he asked to go and now loves it, even a blank day still gets smiles.

    We used to stalk in on rabbits/squirrels etc just for fun and see how close we could get. Again, it helps hone young skills without it being like a training course.

    Some of the best fun we've had together has been out in the field, be it building highseats, duck blinds, plucking his first pheasant, whatever, all quality time.

    I can't wait for this years school holidays, this is an old thread last years October break and the antics we got up to:

    Busy Week- Fieldsports school holidays

    Then came the time to bring in the spud gun (remember those!!) and some training on muzzle awareness etc, all done with fun in mind but serious about the handling aspect. Set the seed of safety early and it will grow and evolve well as they mature.

    He was 7 when a friend passed on an old air rifle but we have really only been using it from last year as it was a little heavy for him. He's now a good shot with it out to 30 yards and even shoots off sticks now.

    I also revisited my youth and bought 2 ferrets for us, had them 3 years now and this is a big favourite of his, he can gut, skin and we always eat what we catch. I think this is a particularly valuable lesson for him in many ways. Responsibility of looking after the ferrets and how the food gets from field to table etc

    He now comes stalking with me and has taken to reading up on shooting etc without being prompted which I think is great.

    My youngest is 4 1/2 now, he now comes fishing and will join us ferreting this winter.

    We bought him a cheap and cheerful very low powered plastic bb type spring gun. With a few targets set out he's was just recently as happy as larry, funny watching the oldest boy showing him "muzzle awareness" with an empty gun but it all starts from here.

    Most importantly, make it fun but safe & I don't push it on them but encourage it when they ask to tag along. Time spent out and about with them is never wasted.

    I hardly get many BASC young shot type days locally so it's up to me to get out and about but maybe you have better access to these days which an only be a good thing.

    Let us know how it goes



    Youngest lad needs cammo and eldest needs more weight on front foot.......good luck to them.!!

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    I don't know if any of you have any daughters, but I wouldn't dismiss their interest either! If the baby turns out to be a girl in November, then despite what he mother says, she's coming out with me. If she wants to, obviously...

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    Good point about daughters Pine Marten. I taught my eldest daughter to shoot to an aceptable standard when she was aged 12 and recently my youngest daughter who is now 12 has started shooting. It is the younger daughter's ambition to shoot in the Stalking Directory /H4H shoot in June.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Thanks guys some cracking replies, advice and pics. I won't push either of them towards shooting or anything eles for that matter but I do hope they show an interest for obvious reasons!

    I'm lucky in that they are both quite intelligent and bright for their age (due to their mother!!) so I don't think it'll be long before they learn the safety side of things, but I also don't want to wish the time away and stop them from being kids and playing soldiers, etc!!

    In fact I found these pics of Nath when he was 3 after I came back from the shooting show at Newark with 2 toy guns. They have red dot sights and he was a natural aiming at Peppa Pig on the telly Again to the wifes dismay (You see a pattern forming here?!)

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    The wife was away for a few days the other week so o took my daughter, also 4 and a half out for a picnic and a stalk in the local woods. She knows that you need to be quiet ifyou want to see deer and even commented on the noisy children and barking dogs in the are. We were rewarded by getting to within 30 yards of a pair of feeding muntjac and then 20 mins late a lone doe eating the blue bells. I had the video camera on sticks and she had her little camera. Respect for your quarry and an appreciation for the countryside. As important as any other lessons and of course keep it fun. She couldn't wait to tell mum what we'd been up to. Good thing we didn't go to the gun shop then.....

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