Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
Originally posted by Mayhaw Man
The first year my grandson was able to actually hunt, following completion of a hunter education course, I bought him an H&R combo with a 28-gauge barrel and a .22-Hornet barrel. He was 8. The next season I got him an 870 with a rifled barrel (Ohio is a shotgun and handgun only state for deer). The following season both guns were too small for the kid.
Now, he wants a Benelli for sporting clays. And a new cam bow. He knows I'm made of money.
------------------------------------------------------------------------I don't know how I screwed up this post, but it will just have to stay like this.
We have (Louisiana) a law that makes you complete hunter education by age 16. Both of my boys have been through it, and I don't know about everyone else's but Louisiana's program is really interesting and informative. We might not be able to teach em how to read, but we can teach em to hunt, by God
I have found that pawn shopping is the way to go for hunting gear for kids. While I am a big believer in don't by them cheap stuff if you want them to learn anything and do well, I also know that a used Bennelli can be bought right after hunting season for a whole lot less than a used or a new one can be bought in the fall. Pawn shops are also great resources for bow hunting equipment.
It's kind of nice though, both of my children and my brothers and my father and my grandfather all started out with the same .410. It is an old single tree of indeterminate brand, has been reworked innumerable times, and weighs a ton. It was originally purchased by my great grandfather for my grandfather at a company store (whatever International Paper was in Arkansas at the time) probably with company script. I hope it holds up for my grandkids. That gun has killed more tin cans and milk jugs than any gun on earth. I bought my youngest a new one last year to save wear and tear on the old one.
We also have a lifetime basic hunting and fishing combo license that is a bargain at $500. I will get them for both of them as they turn 16. It remains good even if you cease to become a resident of the state. Which is great if you come home to hunt and fish with your family after you grow up and move away. My brothers spend a ton every year on various temp. licenses and it is too late for them to buy one, for we are all getting a little long in the tooth and the law is only a few years old.