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Hello Fellas:

Live in Southern Missouri where there's a lot of white tail deer. This is my first time deer hunting (I'm 35) and I'm taking my son in youth season today and tomorrow. He's shooting with a .243 youth rifle.

I'm searching the forum for just good pointers about things to do and not to do to make our hunt successful. Went this morning and saw 6 on 80 acres but they were all running. My little guy doesn't want to sit long. But I'm thinking sitting is pretty important after our hunth this morning.

Any advice on anything would be appreciated.

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ya found the right place.we encourage a family atmosphere here and you can read our tips section and browse thru all the topics posted allready.feel free to ask questions.you should sign your son up for the youth forum and contest as well.good luck out there make sure he has a good time and stay safe.
 
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keep the wind in your face whether sitting or slipping through the woods. that small a property sitting would be best but keep it fun for your son. make a game of it how long can you sit then try to beat it next time out. don't stomp up the property. it takes years to figure this thing out but tips from others will speed the learning up. good luck
 

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How old is your son? I used to go with my grandfather when I was 4,5,6 and up. I was a pain to keep still and quiet, but he took me anyways. Make sure he stays warm and has a comfortable seat, because if he is like I was I would squirm around all day if I was cold. I know about hunting on small plots of land, man it can get tough. Just find out where they bed down and where they try to go and try to catch them in between. Alot of the deer I see are just passing through our place, but we've hunted it long enough to know about where they like to pass through at.
 

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try a ground blind like the ameristep doghouse its easy to set up and move it will keep you hidden so movement won't be a major problem also do what i did with my son bring some candy (sugar free so he won't get hyper) and give him some time limits to be still make it a game with the candy as a prize it will teach him to be still anyway thanks for taking time to bring up a future hunter and good luck to both of you
 

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Hunting ethics and safety

Welcome to the hunting world! The most important things in hunting are safety and ethical hunting.

Don't shoot a deer just to shoot a deer. If it is not a good shot, don't take it. Know the limitations of your shooting abilities, the shooting abilities of your son, the limitations of your caliber/bullet and the weather conditions (wind drift, etc.). Be aware what is beyond your target. Shot placement is important with all calibers, but especially with a 243. You do not want to track a wounded deer. Also be aware of the proper hit zone(s) for the type of shot you are offered. If the deer is small and there is little meat, pass up the shot. See if you can find an experienced hunter/rifleman who is willing to work with you and your son. Be sure to get permission for that person to also be hunting on the land.

I would prefer that you and your son be in a tree stand and not on the ground. This will get both of you off the ground if someone takes a shot at a deer that is heading towards you. It is also safer for the shots you would take, as the bullet is aimed towards the ground. Be sure both you and your son use a properly fitted safety harness. Never climb up or down a tree stand with a loaded gun. I always unload my gun, put it in a thin fabric case and attach a cord to raise and lower the gun. Make sure the gun is unloaded.

Hunting is a great way to teach patience. Teach your son to appreaciate what God has made in nature.

You have been given some very good info in the above responses like making sure both of you are comfortable and warm. Also make very slow movements with all of your body parts (head, arms, legs and torso). If you so shoot a dear, wait about three to five minutes before you leave the stand. Is is possible for the deer to get up and run off after going down. Always approach a downed animal from the rear. Use a stick (preferred) or the muzzle end of the rifle to poke the animal in the buttocks.
 

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My kids can't hunt here in Nebraska until they are 12, so I take them with me when I go scouting and teach them about tracks and trails and such. As an outfitter I have access to lots of good ground and just love taking my 2 sons with me to scout (my daughter is only 2, but she'll be going soon). We just shot this buck (a photo) this past weekend. The boys and I had a great time sneaking up on this buck, we took the photo thru my spotting scope.
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Treasure the moments. Seeing deer and getting home safe is what it's about. Shooting a deer is a rush, but focus on learning and companionship
and sportsmanship. Don't demand too much of the kid. I know that we get all excited by deer and tend to focus on that. I took all four of my kids to gun safety training and hunting. Time very well spent. My son helps me hunt now. Be patient with him and yourself. Remember they haven't run out of deer but you can't replace a person. Good luck and think of the first time as a scouting trip with the benefit of taking game if you can. Also deer often do the unexpected and can hide in plain sight sometimes.
 

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I think I would go with a ground blind. If nothing else take two folding chairs where you will comfortable and build a quick blind around it. Use whatever is available, there are some real inexpensive fabrics at most of the chain stores that you can just hang up. The boy will be a boy and try as you will he is still going to fidget. A ground blind will offer some cover for his movement.

He will need a good rest for the rifle if nothing else use a forked stick to steady him up a little.

Good luck!
 

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I have 3 boys 5, 8 ,12 and I take them all hunting safety 1st but make it fun. I've found that it is not about seeing deer as spending time with their parents. With that in mindI take them after I've put some meat in the freezer and I reserve some prime time for myself to hunt horns. good luck
 

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SAFETY FIRST!!!!!!!!!!! And the rest is all about making good memories. If you are going to get upset at the boy for being a fidgety boy than stay at home and don't ruin it for him. I have two very active little girls that have been hunting with Daddy since age 3 and over time they learn if taught in a good way. The quiet game works very well as everyone else said. My girls are 7 and 8 now and they get on to me for moving around in the stand. It's all about the fun and future of the hunt but be safe so that next year you can repeat you good times.
 
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