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#833 - 12/23/06 02:43 PM How young is to young?
Trapper Z Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 89
Loc: Long Island NY
I took my seven year old daughter with me trapping this week. A couple of my family members get me crap about it saying she is to young. She has allways been interested in the animals I caught. So I figure I would take her. What do you guys think?

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#836 - 12/23/06 02:45 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
MNhunter Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 306
Loc: MN
my dad took me out hunting when i was about 6 or 7 i think it helped alot. the sooner the better is my opion. plus what is better for her to sit and watch tv or go out with dad
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#838 - 12/23/06 02:48 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: MNhunter]
mercrat Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 23
Loc: milton center N.Y.
i bring my 7 year old daughter with me trapping all the time. She loves to go and be with daddy.

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#840 - 12/23/06 02:48 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
jkandkids Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 149
Loc: Antrim County Michigan
dude at 7 she can easily be out there helping you. in my opinoin at least.
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#841 - 12/23/06 02:49 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: MNhunter]
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I started trapping with my dad when I was 6 or 7! Now I'm 29 and still hooked!

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#842 - 12/23/06 02:49 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
conejo Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 979
Loc: northeast ks
I take my 5 and 8 year olds alot on the weekends they love it, my boy is into trapping way more than hunting


Edited by conejo (12/23/06 02:50 PM)
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#844 - 12/23/06 02:50 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: MNhunter]
kylevandyke Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1296
Loc: Michigan 19 yrs old
My dad took me out for my first time when i was 5 yrs old, i've been hooked ever since!!! I think it helps them to be interested the younger you start em, at least it worked for me! I think about hunting so much it hinders my sleep sometimes!!
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#845 - 12/23/06 02:50 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: MNhunter]
il.trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 829
Loc: West Central Illinois
I was taken by my pa when he would ahve to tote me back. I did the same with all five of my younguns. Get them out and about asap. It sure won't hurt them.
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#848 - 12/23/06 02:53 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: conejo]
itrapny Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 658
Loc: Gasport, NY
If she enjoyed herself you did right. They'll let you know when they're ready or not. My 10 year old daughter took her trappers course 2 Summers ago and has ran her own traps( w/dad's help) the the past 2 season. She caught her 1st coyote this year, happy as a clam!
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#861 - 12/23/06 02:59 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: itrapny]
Tom Offline
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Posts: 234
Loc: Wyoming
It should be up to you!!!! Not everyone else...
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#871 - 12/23/06 03:04 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
trapper72 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1493
Loc: NY
It is a sad day \:\( when a father gets crap for spending time with his child.

I brought this little one a couple of times on a short run, yes she road in the basket the entire time loved it. She has also went with me on the atv to get a buddy's spike horn loved that too.




She is my stepdaughter, love her as much as my own daughter.


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#872 - 12/23/06 03:04 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Tom]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 8448
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
Too young for what? A walk in the woods with Dad. An overnight wilderness expedition? Sounds like they don't like trappers. She will let you know if she's not interested, you decide.
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#885 - 12/23/06 03:09 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Tom]
Coon and Muskrat Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 110
Loc: Florence Alabama
I was shot over before I ever heard of school!
I retrieved doves at age 3!
I now trap , hunt , and fish!
And I do not , rob old laddies , shoot people , burn churches , hang out with a gang , or sell drugs!
So I think my dad was right when he took me hunting when I was 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or any age!
It's never too late to start but it's also never too early to start!
So yeah take her trapping , it's good for body , mind , and soul!

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#891 - 12/23/06 03:15 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Coon and Muskrat]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4529
Loc: Oakland, MS
Sounds like you have some at least borderline antis in the family . It is up to you and your daughter . If she wants to go by all means take her along just don't burn her out . I would of told them to go pound sand . Just the way I am .

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#896 - 12/23/06 03:21 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Drifter]
kylevandyke Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1296
Loc: Michigan 19 yrs old
trapper 72, a man like you deserves a lot of respect! Any man who can love someone else's kids like his own is one to look up too! I thank you for doing that!! It means a lot!
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#903 - 12/23/06 03:26 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: kylevandyke]
Randy Wieland Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 586
Loc: Lebanon, WI
Both of my daughters started at 4. This was not only trapping, fishing, hunting, and everything else I do. Simple way of looking at it. The more a kid is exposed - the more they learn. My kids know more now about everything outdoors than I did at almost twice their age
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#905 - 12/23/06 03:26 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Drifter]
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You are the head of your home. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Tell em to keep their advice to themselves. Some just have a nose problem or to much time on their hands. Family is the worst cause they think they're close enough that they tell ya and for some reason beyond reason you have to listen! RD

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#911 - 12/23/06 03:34 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: ]
bcaber Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 32
Loc: Idaho
I rode in my father's packbasket when I was 3 years old, he was showing my 5 yo brother how to trap muskrats. Now 45 years later I'm still trapping. I'm sure glad he chose to spend time with us in the field.

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#918 - 12/23/06 03:40 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: ]
JohnMcCabe Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 720
Loc: Scottville,MI
My kids all love to run traps with dad. I dont use a gun for dispatch and dont allow them to watch that part. Everthing else is 100% clean, healthy ,quality dad and kid time.We only have one pair of kids hip boots so they need to take turns on the water line. Its a special time when I can teach them more than just trapping. One of my girls isnt interested. So...instead we bake a cake or do crafts.

My 7 year old son will set one side of the creek and I set the other. Good times.I purchased him a BB gun for his Christmas gift. I cant wait till he opens it.
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#922 - 12/23/06 03:41 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: bcaber]
snowman Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3290
Loc: Michigan
Well, here's the response from a "city boy".

It's NEVER too early.

Some of my earliest memories with my father were inspecting what was in the stomachs of fish we caught to see what they had been eating. That was some FUN STUFF!

Seriously, it's never too early.....in fact, I'm afraid that at a certain point it becomes "too late"...or more difficult to teach them.

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#929 - 12/23/06 03:45 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: snowman]
Texas Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 441
Loc: Texas
If she is interested and wants to go you should definately take her. Don't worry about what other people think.
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#937 - 12/23/06 03:50 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: snowman]
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Took mine out at 5 or 6. I remember going squirrel hunting with my grandfather when I couldn't have been more than 4. He died when I was 5.

Did anyone who said she was too young explain what they think age has to do with it? The younger they understand that critters are out there for us to use in a responsible way, being good stewards of the earth, the better off she'll be. Too many people think that a McDonalds hamburger is grown on a tree, or their leather purse was picked off a leather bush, or the castor or skunk essence in their perfume came from a skunk essence plant. They refuse to acknowledge that animals are used on a daily basis by everyone on earth in one way or another.

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#950 - 12/23/06 03:55 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: snowman]
thepup1978 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 118
Loc: S.E. Nebraska
I here this alot "I cant believe you are taking youre five year old out duck hunting!"Well I tell them all that he has been in the blind since he was two and I cant keep him out of it!He helped gut his first deer at age three and has been hooked on it ever since. We just started a trap line this year and he has taken to it like a fish in water!My eleven year old is the same way not as wild as the younger one but still loves the outdoors with dad just the same.Every kid is different and diferent things strike thier fancy,my oldest loves 4-H cows and we do more of that together in the summer.Long story short its never to young to start a father child relationship just get them away from the X-Box or T.V as much as posible and get them out in the fresh air!Just my 2cents!
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#1081 - 12/23/06 04:55 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
trapper72 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1493
Loc: NY
Thanks for the compliment Kyle, Now knock it off your Me LOL.
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#1279 - 12/23/06 06:27 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: trapper72]
Trapper Z Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 89
Loc: Long Island NY
Thanks everyone. The only other that worries me is when I have to dispatch an animal. I dont think I can let her watch that just yet. So far I have just used bodygrips so the jobs done when we get there. I will post pictures the next time we get something.

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#1294 - 12/23/06 06:34 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
morrilltrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 548
Loc: georgia VT
well you know i think the younger the better because i'm only 14 years old but my dad took me out when i was real young hunting with him and it got me hooked on it and starting young makes the kid learn easier. so i say go for it.
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#1301 - 12/23/06 06:36 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
trapper72 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1493
Loc: NY
Z that is totally up to your discretion. While Jenna was in the basket with me had to help some muskrats in a stop loss. She is 3 and handled it well, heck I hand them to her and she puts them in the basket. This is me what you do is you.
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#1327 - 12/23/06 06:44 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Trapper Z]
Brushcrawler Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 85
Loc: Joplin, Missouri
Started taking my kids with me when they were two and three, they really love going, personally thats all that matters to me. As far as dispatching the animal, they ask a few questions but if you explain it right it will be ok. Sometimes they will surprise you, when we carried the couple of coons up to the truck the landowner ask my son if he got them, he looked up and said,"Yup, but I let dad shoot em cause I'm too little for that gun" I still laugh when I think of that.
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#1333 - 12/23/06 06:47 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: Brushcrawler]
furchasr3 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 148
Loc: oregon
when i was four i was out shooting tweety birds with a sling shot so i say no.
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#1363 - 12/23/06 06:57 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: furchasr3]
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This is an issue that entirely depends on the child, and the parent. You are the best judge of what they are ready and willing to do when it comes to hunting/Fishing/trapping. Some kids deal with it well,and some simply are not ready for it at that age. My sons have been trapping with me for 3 years. One is now 9 and the other is 13. And they are HOOKED!!!.
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#1390 - 12/23/06 07:06 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: NYNovice]
Happy Birthday wheelers Offline

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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 19433
Loc: Minnesota
I took mine when they were 6. They thought it was great now there in college and are to busy so take advantage of it while you can.

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#1483 - 12/23/06 07:48 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: wheelers]
cathryn Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 12976
Loc: West Virginia,age 42
i take my 3 yr old daughter with me to set and check the traps that are close to home...she carries the bait and lure...i carry the rest...she loves it ...i think if the kids are interested we should take them as young as we can, that way they can form their own opinions before they get hit with the negatives of trapping....

she loves it...

i was a little concerned about dispatching in front of her, but she caught a possum thursday in a set she baited and lured and she was excited..i explained to her that we had to dispatch it in order to be a full blown trapper...and she could either watch or turn her head it was up to her and that either way was ok..she chose to watch and didnt have a problem with it..she carried it back to the house and then when her grandparents came over she showed them what she trapped..now shes tellin everyone that she goes trappin with her mom....

im real proud of her and am glad she enjoys it as much as i do..

i do think kids are all different though and 3 might be too young for some kids to understand..but my daughter has grown up with me hunting and fishing and she loves the outdoors as nuch as anybody..

you know your child and if you feel you didnt do anything wrong then thats all that matters, because as a parent i know you wouldnt put your child in a situation they werent ready for..good Luck to ya'll and i hope you continue to have fun and that your daughter continues to love the outdoors..
you got a good partner in the making..congratulations
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#1531 - 12/23/06 08:08 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: cathryn]
PAJeeper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 176
Loc: central PA
My daughter is 2 years old. She goes with me every day, and loves every minute of it. I get to spend time with my daughter, she gets to learn about the outdoors, that's better than cartoons any day of the week.

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#1539 - 12/23/06 08:12 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: cathryn]
derekv Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 409
Loc: ontario canada
go for it. im dragging my dad into the realm of hunting and trapping lol

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#1543 - 12/23/06 08:14 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: derekv]
NCBEAVERNICK Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 297
Loc: CAMERON NC
frist time my dad tokk me in the wodos i was 3 and i loved it ever snice then i grow up around and in the woods and its going ot stay that way.
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#1555 - 12/23/06 08:21 PM Re: How young is to young? [Re: derekv]
bwtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 130
Loc: Glenwood City, WI
I didnt't trap til my kids were older but they all started to go hunting with me when they were about 4 or 5. My daycare lady gave me heck one day when I picked them up. They had watched Bambi for the first time and when it got to the part where the hunters were chasing bambis mom my kids were yelling, Shoot her! Shoot her! We still laugh about that one to this day.

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