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Congratulatins to Dad & Son!!! Thank you for sharing this awesome video with us. :thumbup:
 

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awsome, Im waiting on my grand daughter to get old enough to go with papa
 

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First this is an awesomely done video ! Now I hate to be one to point out but this is what I was just talking about in my post. About people using youth to hunt, the boy in the video even said "my dad missed that one"and the whole thing is suppose to be a youth hunt.
Now don't get me wrong I feel it's great to take youth hunting but if they are unable to hunt their self, this video should had been in the regular adult season and not an adult taking advantage of a youth preseason. Just my opinion, but still a greatly done video, and great early experance for that realy young man.
 

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I don't understand, it's a youth hunt, but dad is taking the shots??? I'd call that a law violation and maybe not a good video to put across the air waves. I endorse youth mentoring 100% not breaking the law!
 

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I don't understand, it's a youth hunt, but dad is taking the shots??? I'd call that a law violation and maybe not a good video to put across the air waves. I endorse youth mentoring 100% not breaking the law!
As shown in the video, we practiced shooting with him on my lap and he would take the shot. When we missed, he blamed me. He had just turned 5 and was hard for him to do himself. This hunt was done during the regular season, not the youth season.
 

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I'm not trying to be critical, but I simply don't understand what this is. First of all, can a 5 year legaly hunt in that state? It's not clear to me who actually shot the deer. Did dad use his tag, or did the boy have a tag? The video is very nice, but some explanation of what this is, other than "son's first youth hunt", would be appreciated.
 

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Great video Chris, and I would like to commend you for taking the time and effort to introduce your young boy to the outdoors, as we have many members here at DHC who also put forth the time and effort with their kids as well. Yes, in Pennsylvania it is totally legal for a 5 year old to deer hunt under their "Mentored Youth Program". The program is for kids UNDER the age of 12. Kids from the ages of 12 through 16 are called Junior License Holders and the designated Youth Hunts are for them. As Chris said, this hunt occurred during the general archery season. Yes, the youngster has his or her own tag, they cost $2.70, this is the tag they were buying in the video(I assume). The mentor also has to have the appropriate license/tags for the species being hunted. Only one weapon legal for that species may be brought on the hunt. Previous to 2011 only antlered deer were legal under the program, but the Pa. Game Commission changed that before the 2011 deer season to include antlerless deer too. Hope this helps clear up the confusion. Once again Chris, great job, keep it up. The future of hunting lies with these youngsters.
 

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TLF, good post! However, I still highly question the legality of the actual shooting, who pulled the trigger? Taking a five year old out hunting means several years of teaching on all aspects of the hunt. They are taught to be patient, learn how to shoot, learn some of the game habbits, learn when to shoot. My son was eight when he started all the above and then was allowed to carry when he was 12. I endorse highly, taking kids out and teaching them the great outdoors and all the responsibilities that go hand in hand with that responsibility but a five year old sitting in his Dad's lap and the Dad probably pulling the trigger! It's not not my idea of responsible teaching, I may be missing something here but from what I see gives me bad vibes. I am certainly not trying to make something out of a molehill here just giving my 2 cents worth. Hopefully the child grows up to be a great woodsman!
 

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Yeah, I would once again have to agree with a lot of what you're saying HM. I totally understand your position and the valid point you are trying to convey. My old buddy and I started taking his son with us in South Illinois when he was 7 or 8, finally let him carry and shoot his own gun at 12, but ONLY with one of us supervising. He's 45 now and by far is the most successful deer hunter I know. He should be on TV. Then came his son, same deal, no gun 'til he hit 12. This young man is now 20 or 21 and is also a very skilled deer hunter as well as a prolific college trap shooter. But anyway I still give Chris much credit and I'll leave the actual trigger pull issue alone.
 

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weather it was a youth hunt or during regular season,and who pulled the trigger is between him and his conscience. Other than that wish somebody would have takin me when I was 5 and started my learning process then,instead of having to wait till I could do it on my own and have to teach myself.Great thing taking your son.Dont let the negative nellies get to ya. Start'em young and teach'em right. safely and respectfully to the animals he hunts and the woods he hunts in
 

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TLF, my son is now in his mid 20's and is probably better than I was at his age. As I said, I highly endorse taking kids hunting and fishing. I think we all agree on that.
 

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I agree HM, it is imperative that kids be introduced to the outdoor world, without them the future of hunting as we know it will be in dire straits. HBilly, I'm with you, I wish someone would have taken me when I was a kid too, my dad died when I was 16 and didn't hunt. So at 16 I bought my first shotgun, an old beat to death Stevens 12 ga. side by side with a bubble in the left hand barrel(amazing I can remember that, but have trouble finding my way home) and went pheasant huntin' with my buddies. We had to teach ourselves too, like you. But it worked out, like the back of my latest T-shirt says"I spent most of my money on beer and huntin'stuff, the rest I just wasted!!"
 

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very well done. i personally dont care if the dad did pull the trigger. that kid was as fired up as anything. i wish id had a dad to take me hunting at a younger age. the legality of the hunt is nothing in this situation. that kid went hunting. he wanted to go hunting. and just as important, he wanted to harvest that deer. i think 5 is certainly the youngest age i would allow my children to do this, but thats the parents decision ultimately. congrats to the boy on a great first kill and congrats to dad for helping make a memory that will last forever with the two of you. now if i can just get a good bowkill on video..
 
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