Thankfully, most parents want to always keep their children from harm so they teach and reinforce safety rules. Sometimes when you’ve got a youngster tagging along on a hunt, being safe may involve mom or dad becoming the Sherpa.
Before you head out on the hunt,
- Attach a sling to your young hunter’s rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader. You can teach him/her to use the sling for support when you’re teaching shooting positions. It will also aid in helping them learn how to safely carry their firearm while they hike.
- Bring shooting sticks as a secondary tool to use in steadying their shot. It is of course a good thing to teach a child to shoot in a kneeling or prone position, but there are times when nature will afford a better rest. Stumps, logs and large rocks may come in handy. Don’t forget to teach them to use what’s available. In the event there aren’t any of those welcomed items, shooting sticks will come in handy.
- Teach them how to use their optics. It may seem like common sense to look through a scope, put the crosshairs on the mark and pull the trigger. What some new hunters forget is to look beyond the target and see what else is near the target. Teach the youngster to look with both eyes before they close one eye to line up the cross hairs.
These 3 simple items will help a new hunter immensely. Be aware that you might end up carrying some of the items when the youngster gets tired. Be safe and Happy Hunting.
For more info on NSSF's Project Child Safe go to ProjectChildSafe.org.