Hey guys and gals,
My oldest boy turned nine this may and is FIRED UP about hunting this year. Pretty sweet deal in the great state of oregon for youth that we call "Mentored Youth Hunt". The short of it is that once properly registered, my nine year old son will be eligible to fill my tags. He has a rossi .22 that also has a .410 barrel. Hoping to put him on a couple grey squirrel and grouse with his .22, both legal methods of take in this state. Also beginning to seek advice from friends, family, fellow hunters and fellow parents to young hunters. I have read a few posts about rifle selection in regards to youth deer hunts, but after a search of the site I cant seem to find them…
So Im reaching out to those of you that are around this time of year and the crew that shows up come pre rifle season.
What deer rifle set up would you suggest for my son. Granted I will not put him on a buck until he proves his hunting ability on the above named species. He is a helluva shot with his bow, but poundage limits his ability to hunt with it. Also does well with his .22 and is becoming less afraid of the .410.
I wanna bring him thru the ranks right. I wasn't raised by a hunter, I got my dad into hunting and now we enjoy it together. My oldest son and I share the same passion. But I lack the experience of feet wetting that comes with teaching a young hunter.
What do you think about rifle choice for deer hunting for a beginner, given I don't want to buy him a .223 just to replace it when he can shoulder a .243 or .308? And how did you parents of hunters teach your kids the way of the world in regards to hunting?
Thanks in advance!