Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
BobT

I would like an opinion.

14 posts in this topic

Do you think I came to the right place or what?

This year my daughter is 14 and legally able to sit in a stand by herself as long as she is part of a hunting party and a legal guardian is within close proximity. I'm curious. Do you think I should let her sit alone or should I stay in the stand with her again this year?

How would you all do this? Let her sit for short periods but check up on her from time to time? Problem with that is it would require one to be moving around quite a bit and might create too much activity in the area and spook the deer. This could take away her opportunity.

If I let her sit too long she could get discouraged or even a little uncomfortable being alone in the forest.

We do carry two-way radios in order to maintain contact if necessary so this could be used too.

Any ideas about how I could help her keep her interest up and stay alert while on stand?

Thanks,

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would start by asking her what she feels comfortable doing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would highly recommend that you hunt with her. There are alot of things that you can add to her experience. You will be able to talk about the various situations that occur during hunting. Why did a deer do what it did? Talk about why you picked the stand you did. Discuss why you pass up a shot. Tell her when its time to take the shot. Maybe even video tape her hunt. Plus you will get to share in her emotions when she harvest her first deer.

I would let her dictate the length of the hunt. If she gets bored go in.

I remember back to my first few hunts with my Dad. Those are memories I will never forget. I am sure my Dad remebered them for the rest of his life as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think hunting with her is the best option as stated above, then after a time or two if she's comfortable you can keep the 2 ways handy or if she has a cell phone she can call or better yet text you, it's kinda sacriligious I know, but it may keep her occupied and feeling in contact with you. Either way make sure she has a safety harness and let her know where you will be hunting. Lots of snacks, thermos of hot cocoa maybe something to read. If need be, tell her you will check on her at a certain prearranged time and maybe you can drive a deer her direction enroute.

redhooks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

here's how I handle it. I have a 15 year old son this will be his 4th season hunting with me we hunt up in the crane lake area wich if you have been there you know that it can be a little overwhelming for a young or new hunter. His first season he was never more than 2 feet from me second season he would maybe get fifty feet from me last season we would separate for a few minutes 10-20 he shot three deer last year. now he talks about were he is going to hunt. my advice let them decide you will know when its time to let her sit on her own.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are asking... I think you have your anwere. I would not have her hunt alone untill she is ready. That is the best I can offer....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, stay with her, she will let you know when she is ready to go on her own.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hunt with her and enjoy the time together. My daughter and I had some of our deepest discussions AND funnyist times sharing a deerstand. One year her leg got too close to the stove and burnt the leg off her wool pants, the ones I had hemmed up for her the night before. But nothing like burning wool for a cover scent. grin She still enjoys sharing a stand and does with her husband now. Before he was her husband, on a 5 degree opening morning, up in a tree, as the sun came up, he proposed to her. cool

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the advice. I guess I'll just take it one step at a time and see how she feels.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would sit with her and explain as much as possible, keep her interested and she will hunt forever

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As what others have said, hunt with her! I too have a 14 year old daughter, she sits with me. I have another stand that is 50 feet from my main stand, and I will give her the option to sit alone in that one if she wants to. The other stand is in full view of mine, so it will give her some independence as well as the feeling that I am right there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whatever you do, don't let anyone propose to her in a tree stand as the sun comes up for a few more years. laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bob I think you got good answers already. I think its hard to answer as I believe each kid is different in how long it takes before they are comfortable sitting alone. Stay with her if she wants, lets face it time with the kids is a valuable commodity and we should all take every good bit of it we can. Later in life you'll never regret "wasting" that time helping her vs. hunting for yourself...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dad spent all of 4 hours with me in the stand when I was 12, I harvested a deer and being as it was the second season we were finished for the year.

Since then I have been on my own the whole time, but I was also a pretty mature kid at that time (well as much as one can be at 12-13) and had been tagging along and pheasant hunting since I was 9 and tagging along out to the turkey woods. We spent alot of time discussing things like shots to pass up and shots to take ect. before I was out hunting.

But like said, everyone is differnt and taking it slow is the best route.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Don't worry Chuck......PF has your back.
    • It's just sooooooooo easy.
    • Speaking of Russia:   A timeline of recent events. 11/28/16 - " Trump’s campaign took him up on it in March. From those meetings, Nunes grew close with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a top Trump hand who has just been nominated to be the president-elect’s national security adviser. 2/13/- 1) Flynn gets recorded by Intel agencies, we know he discussed sanctions and 2) it was part of a "Peace Plan" involving Cohen, Sater and a Ukranian named Alex Oronov 3) who is now dead. 2/16 - Flynn faces no FBI charges Source 3/20 - Comey announces FBI investigation into members of Trump campaign. Repubs, including Nunes, spend a great deal of it concerned about Unmasking of Flynn from incidental collection. Source 3/22 - Nunes spends his week freaking out about possible incidental collection he's been told about from an unknown source, immediately warns Trump. Source Now to go back to January, Who happened to be at the Breakfast with Flynn in January involving Turkey? Nunes. Where did it happen? Trump hotel in Washington. Source  3/22 - The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday requested documents related to ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn from the White House, FBI, Department of Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Source 3/22 - Schiff now claims there's "More than circumstantial evidence of Collusion (Unrelated to Nunes new info) Source 3/23 - CNN story drops that "The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings ." Source 3/24 - Nunes cancels 2nd open hearing with Intel Committee, seemingly for no reason. Source - Albeit today we learned Sally Yates was going to talk about Michael Flynn at this hearing. 3/24 - Manafort, Stone and Page all more or less simultaneously agree to speak with Intel Committee. Source 3/24 - National Inquirer (owned by Trump's friend) very oddly throws Flynn under the bus. Source 3/25 - Claim that Flynn may have cut a deal Source It seems Flynn may be spilling the beans here, which would not bode well for Trump.   Also I didn't even get to today's news about Kushner and Russia.     What do we know VEB? It ran a spy ring in New York City. Here's another fun coincidence:     Prosecuted by our now removed district attorney.
    •   Rentfree.   just because I don't play your stupid game you get all butthurt.     #goodolboysclub   You might want to watch yourself.....the elitists around here have spoken.
    • As I recall the rules say it is not permissible to discuss another member in the Forums.
    •     Might be a dangerous precedent...
  • Our Sponsors