Five Items You Need to Make Your Kids' First Hunting Experience a Success

Posted on: 1 July 2015

Taking your kid on their first hunting trip is important – if everything goes well, your child may be interested in a hobby that the two of you can share for years, but if it doesn't, your child may get bored and frustrated and not want to return. In addition to safety tips and camouflage clothing, here's what you need to bring to make your child's first hunt a success:

1. Compass

Before you go on your hunting trip, think of ways to get your child involved. He or she likely doesn't want to just sit around and wait while you shoot. If your child is not old enough to shoot, get him or her involved in charting your course with a compass from an army disposals store.

2. A Bowie Knife

If you are shooting large game and your child is too young to get a hunting license or too small to safely shoot the gun, consider bringing other weapons. Bow shooting is rising in popularity for many hunters, but your child can also hunt with a bowie gun.

In fact, if you feel confident about your child's knife skills after a few times hunting together, you can allow him or her to go into the woods alone armed with one of these knives for hunting.

3. A Pack With Distractions

Every hunter carries a pack of necessities, but the young hunter should have a few distractions in his or her bag as well as the necessities. Buy a small durable pack at an army disposals shop and let your child fill it with a couple of quiet toys or a tablet and headphones.

Especially for young children, the hours in a blind or a stand can get long and boring, but a pack full of distractions ensures your child can stay busy.

4. Snacks

Along with distractions, you want snacks to feed the constant need for snacking most kids have. Pack high-protein snacks for kids, or make the experience out in the wilderness even more exciting for your kid by packing survival essentials.

Most kids love the novelty of some dehydrated survival food, a straw that filters river water and a guide on local edible berries. You can get a range of those types of survival dining items at a army disposals store as well.

5. Extra Clothing

Keep in mind that kids may be more susceptible to the elements than adults. Pack extra rain gear and warm coats. Even if you wouldn't normally pack those items for yourself, be on the safe side and pack them for your kids.

Contact a company like Centenary Disposals to learn more.