Is Hunting Safe For Teenagers?

Posted by Michelle Martinez on October 4, 2014No Comments

Hunting is a great pastime that has been passed down from generation to generation.  It is a sport that is often a large part of families all over the world.  While some hunt for sport, others are hunting just to keep food on the table.

We believe that hunting can teach teenagers a lot about the world, and that this important.  It can also help work on confidence and patience, two of the hardest things to instill in our youth.  As long as you start with a safe rifle or youth crossbow, then hunting is a great opportunity for some safe bonding and teaching time.

History

Since day one, hunting has been a huge food source for humanity.  It was really the only way to get the meat and protein that humans consumed every day.  Before we raised cattle and pigs for this purpose, they had to be hunted in order to provide that same resource.

The first hunters would track and stalk their pray until they got close enough to take them out with a sharpened stick or knife.  That gradually evolved into slings, and then the introduction of bows and arrows.  These days, hunters are using rifles, crossbows, and bows and arrows depending on what they are trying to hunt

Hunting Today

Today in North America, hunting is mostly just a sport because food is not hard to come by.  That being said, hunters do not waste the food that they gather in the process.  Venison, for example, is a highly sought after meat that is bought and sold everywhere.

Rifles are the primary choice of most hunters in modern society because of the power and range that they provide.  A hunter can hang out in a tree for a few hours overlooking an open area, waiting for something to cross.  With a range of over 200 meters, they can cover plenty of distance without moving at all.

Some hunters look for a more challenging approach and use bows and arrows and crossbows.  This requires them to get much closer to what they are hunting in order to get a kill shot.  These hunters focus much more on tracking animals than other forms of hunting

Keeping it Safe

Hunting can be safe if you remember that someone could get hurt.  Make sure that you start out by choosing a firearm that will suit your young hunter.  If you are looking to hunt rabbits, then a .50 caliber sniper rifle is just unnecessary.  Find something that is just enough to take down what you want to hunt without going overboard.

It is also important to read up on local and state hunting laws and regulations.  These are created to keep everyone safe, not just yourself.  Teaching your teenager to ignore these laws is just going to show them that they don’t need to listen to authority.

Teaching your teen about hunting will pass on this amazing sport while also teaching them so many life lessons along the way!

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