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Old 11-20-2009, 07:56 PM  
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Any Pheasant Hunters Out There?

I could use some feedback from any of the pheasant hunters on the board. It would be greatly appreciated.

1. Can a 12 year-old boy handle a 12 gauge shotgun?
2. If you're taking your 12 year-old son hunting, what are some of the techniques you would teach him?

Much thanks...
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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Depends on the kid if he is ready to handle any fire arm at that age.

If he isn't familiar with firearms, that is a pretty hefty load for someone his size.

Hunting is quite a bit different than target shooting in terms of safe gun handling. He'll be independently responsible for the safe handling of that gun for several hours. Running up and down ditches, crossing barb wire fences.

Hunter safety class before he goes out.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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I shoot lots of Pheasant.

First of all, yes ,a 12 year old boy should be able to handle a 12 guage unless he's a small 12 year old.

The main thing I would teach him is to watch and learn and tell him when he's getting close to where the bird you just shot fell. Then teach him how to clean the bird.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:07 PM   #4
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Depends on the kid if he is ready to handle any fire arm at that age.
Thanks!

So, if a 12 gauge is too powerful, what gauge would you start him off with? And will this gauge be enough to bag a pheasant?
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:10 PM   #5
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I shoot lots of Pheasant.

First of all, yes ,a 12 year old boy should be able to handle a 12 guage unless he's a small 12 year old.

The main thing I would teach him is to watch and learn and tell him when he's getting close to where the bird you just shot fell. Then teach him how to clean the bird.
He's a strong, athletic kid, so I guess a 12 gauge will be all right then.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:11 PM   #6
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I've been an avid phesant hunter since I was 9. A 12 guage should be ok,(with a lighter load).
Tell him to keep the barrel up, don't put the gun over his shoulder, (douchebags do this) because he won't know where he's aiming. A safety course is wise.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:21 PM   #7
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I'm thinking about buying my girl her first rifle next year when she's ten. She tails behind me while I pheasant hunt, but she won't pick one up. She knows to NEVER get in front of me and when I raise to shoot she squats down. I got her a toy pistol last month to start teaching her the basics of like never pointing that thing at anything you don't want dead. She will have to master her toy before she gets the rifle and when she does it will be under close , I mean within an arms length close, supervision before I even let her hold it. And of course I just don't think I'd ever let her touch a handgun until she'd an adult. I've been around firearms all my life and have great respect for them. A kid has GOT to be ready before putting one in their hands.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:24 PM   #8
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I'm thinking about buying my girl her first rifle next year when she's ten. She tails behind me while I pheasant hunt, but she won't pick one up. She knows to NEVER get in front of me and when I raise to shoot she squats down. I got her a toy pistol last month to start teaching her the basics of like never pointing that thing at anything you don't want dead. She will have to master her toy before she gets the rifle and when she does it will be under close , I mean within an arms length close, supervision before I even let her hold it. And of course I just don't think I'd ever let her touch a handgun until she'd an adult. I've been around firearms all my life and have great respect for them. A kid has GOT to be ready before putting one in their hands.
You going to get her a rifle like a .22 or a shotgun like a .410?

Both great kid guns. Don't know if a .410 could handle pheasant or not, though? (never gotten to hunt pheasant down here, just doves and occasionally quail).
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:26 PM   #9
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You going to get her a rifle like a .22 or a shotgun like a .410?

Both great kid guns. Don't know if a .410 could handle pheasant or not, though? (never gotten to hunt pheasant down here, just doves and occasionally quail).
It'll be a .22

I really don't think she'll be the hunting type so I'll wait before thinking shotgun

I really just want her to know how to handle one because I think everyone should and if she wants to go hunt then great!
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:31 PM   #10
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It'll be a .22

I really don't think she'll be the hunting type so I'll wait before thinking shotgun

I really just want her to know how to handle one because I think everyone should and if she wants to go hunt then great!
Plinking cans/targets with a .22 is a lot of fun and the lack of kick won't turn her off, either. I agree with you on the gun handling. I'm a bleeding heart, but I've had a gun in my hand since I was, literally, around five years old. Ignorance is definitely not bliss when it comes to firearms.
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Be sure to get him out practicing first. I reccomend throwing some 3 1/2s in there and find out what he's made of.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #12
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I was blasting a 12 gauge at 12, but I had done a lot of shooting before that point in time. If your kid isn't a big kid, and hasn't done much shooting, I would start him out with a 20 gauge. A 12 gauge could beat him up, depending on which shells you're using.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:58 PM   #13
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I could use some feedback from any of the pheasant hunters on the board. It would be greatly appreciated.

1. Can a 12 year-old boy handle a 12 gauge shotgun?
2. If you're taking your 12 year-old son hunting, what are some of the techniques you would teach him?

Much thanks...
Me and my dad have gone to Mitchell, SD since I was like 12-13, so I dont know how much a 1-2 yrs difference would make, but it wasn't also the first time I've been hunting.

Up at my dad's friends place in SD they're EVERYWHERE. Drives the dogs absolutely insane almost to the point where they won't listen or stand on point for very long. Bringing a not-well trained dog to a place like that can give him a major case of ADHD.

Really it all depends where you're going and how many people are there hunting at the same time. Where I go there are a ton of people. So if it's something like that he's gotta be careful and make sure not shooting out of his range or cross firing into other people. Even dumbass adults make this mistake, and I've been "zinged" quite a few times....it's not fun and it will piss other people off, regardless of your age. The place where me and my dad go there are tall weeds, and generally no one wheres orange since most birds see color. So you gotta be careful and on the lookout.

If it's somewhere small and just a few people then I wouldnt nearly worry about it as much. Just depends I guess really how good is he with a gun, is he mature enough to handle/fire one. All parents/dads are different. My dad thought it was important to learn to fire/operate a shotgun and pistol when I was 12-13 yrs old. I got a Browning Gold 12 gauge Semi-automatic gas operated shotgun. Light as a feather. But most 12 yrs old would be able to handle most if not all 12 gauges. Theres VERY little kickback.



If theres a nearby range....I'd take him there first. Shooting clay pigeons is fun and he will enjoy it.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:13 PM   #14
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kids always want to keep their finger on the trigger when pulling up for the shot. Make sure he doesn't do that. lol
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:18 PM   #15
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I had a .410 when I was 12 (I was kinda tender shouldered though). And, after I killed the pheasant of course, we would cut the feet off and pull the tendons to make them move. My dad was sick, and the coolest mofo that ever lived.

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