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Contributors to this thread:
Zebrakiller 22-Nov-19
Brotsky 22-Nov-19
Zebrakiller 22-Nov-19
Brotsky 22-Nov-19
milnrick 22-Nov-19
jingalls 22-Nov-19
GhostBird 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
Glunt@work 22-Nov-19
McCree 22-Nov-19
Bloodtrail 22-Nov-19
Bob H in NH 22-Nov-19
stick n string 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
APauls 22-Nov-19
APauls 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
Brotsky 22-Nov-19
stick n string 22-Nov-19
Bloodtrail 22-Nov-19
LINK 22-Nov-19
APauls 22-Nov-19
stick n string 22-Nov-19
Bloodtrail 22-Nov-19
WI Shedhead 22-Nov-19
WI Shedhead 22-Nov-19
Tonybear61 27-Nov-19
Lynn Wilcox 30-Nov-19
Lynn Wilcox 30-Nov-19
Lynn Wilcox 30-Nov-19
Hardchild 02-Dec-19
Charlie Rehor 02-Dec-19
From: Zebrakiller
22-Nov-19
So when I was the club president of are archery club we had kids running around shoot targets all day long, So on my FB page the other day I posted who all has kids shooting compound bows that just love it ? Well I have 2000 friends on my page and got 2 responses. this was so strange to me ,

From: Brotsky
22-Nov-19
I think it is a combination of "social media fatigue" and folks just not paying that much attention to it more so than lack of kids shooting bows. I'm friends with you on FB and I don't even remember seeing your post. I certainly have two kids who love shooting compound bows. A lot of times I see posts like that as well and might "like" the post but don't take time to comment.

From: Zebrakiller
22-Nov-19
Yes understandable busy world we live in, I just remember it was so great watching our kids follow our passion , I will share camp you and your kids again some day!

From: Brotsky
22-Nov-19
For sure ZK, I do think we have a lot of like minded guys on this site, but I know some guys that put chasing bone in front of raising their kids right too. I tend to keep my distance from that type. Look forward to seeing you guys again in the future!

From: milnrick
22-Nov-19
I dont have a FB account but can tell you that there are a bunch of kids shooting regularly here in Sumner County TN.

Tuesday and Thursday are kids night at Muddy Bayou Archery. His indoor range is full from 6-7 PM.

From: jingalls
22-Nov-19
Our schools in central KS offer archery as a sport after school.

From: GhostBird
22-Nov-19

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Snapped this photo at Buckhorn Middle School in Madison County, Alabama yesterday while attending an away basketball game for my grandson. Kids are the future of bowhunting.

From: LINK
22-Nov-19
I wouldn’t say my daughters love it but they sure do enjoy it.

From: LINK
22-Nov-19

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10 years old
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10 years old
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7 years. TBM must have been my mail man at one point.
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7 years. TBM must have been my mail man at one point.
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14 months. I’m ready for this guy to start shooting.
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14 months. I’m ready for this guy to start shooting.
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My six year old hasn’t started shooting yet but it’s about time.
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My six year old hasn’t started shooting yet but it’s about time.

From: Glunt@work
22-Nov-19
Certainly the percentage of kids in to archery and hunting is lower than back in my school days but my kids are good to go.

My son is trying to get his first bow kill (so close last weekend) and my daughter is undecided on hunting but likes shooting.

From: McCree
22-Nov-19
My daughter is 7. She got her first compound, a Mission, last Christmas at the age of 6. She shoots often and enjoys it. She's even graduated to being able to shoot in the basement with me, so far there are no holes in the wall! Lol!

From: Bloodtrail
22-Nov-19
Your question was biased.....and you asked it wrong.

How many kids are learning to shoot a crossbow over a pile of corn in a heated box blind?

As sad as this is, it’s the new normal. I was wondering how many kids are going to look at me cross-eyed when I tell them I walk into the woods, sometimes up to a mile, sit in a tree, over a travel corridor, and wait for a deer to come by upwind of me.

From: Bob H in NH
22-Nov-19
Much of it is also the push back against fb and social media vs privacy. People are actually smartening up and NOT putting stuff on social media

22-Nov-19

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Ages 6 and 9
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Ages 6 and 9
My girls each now have custom made recurves just for them. As a dad that loves the outdoors, I would love it if they were itching to shoot more but I’m very thankful for the time that they do want to shoot. I think the big thing with my kids is there’s just so much going on that it’s always too easy to do something else that needs done when they aren’t bugging me to shoot. And with all of the stuff they like to do and watch on YouTube and Netflix, shooting bow can seem a little more “boring” than what they could be doing. That makes me a little sad inside and it’s hard not to think that’s probably partially my fault.

But the bottom line is even kids that are exposed to archery kind of either have the fire for it or they don’t, maybe? I know when I was a kid it’s all I wanted to do. But it was a different day back then.

Today’s fast-paced world I think trains their brains to need more more more right at that second and that can be hard to get if shooting bow isn’t something that you truly enjoy deep down.

From: LINK
22-Nov-19
Bloodtrail, as much as a crossbow or a heater is not my style it’s still a benefit to hunters. Without a heater and a crossbow a lot of kids might rather play video games and watch MTV with vegan actors promoting their lifestyle. Anything promoting something close to our lifestyle is a benefit. I ultimately don’t care if my girls hunt in adulthood but I want them to understand the lifestyle enough to articulate it as well as know how to use a weapon and not be afraid of them. My in-laws are pro gun conservatives that support our right to hunt but don’t understand hunting. I want my kids to get it and be able to defend it.

From: LINK
22-Nov-19

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When it snowed on Oct 24 this year my daughter chose the ground blind with hot tea and hand warmers over the tree stand even though she knew she would likely not get a shot or see a deer in the blind. I hope our lifestyle choices don’t offend you..... never mind I really don’t care.

From: APauls
22-Nov-19
Call me old fashioned but if kids are watching TV daily I think that's a major problem. No cell phones either. If your kid has no cell phone and no TV, suddenly shooting a bow or one of a million other things sounds more fun than sitting on a couch doing literally nothing.

I believe we are naturally wired to take the easy way out, and being entertained without having to move is actually the natural choice over having to work to entertain yourself. Take that option away. Apparently schools and camps say it's an epidemic. When kids are given free time, they literally don't even know what to do with themselves. When I tell guys on my hockey team I take my 5 yo daughter ice fishing for 12 hours they look at me blank like what does she do all day??? How many iPads do you have to bring?? The answer is none, and when it comes down to it, I've watched her play for 3 hours with a stick. For that matter I've played for hours with her and a stick lol. But it takes imagination, and if you take that away from your kids, it is partially your fault.

We are parents, not friends. When we undertook the responsibility of having kids it comes with all it entails. Teaching them to be a producing member of society. This last week has been a "correctional period" with my daughter and while those are not the fun times, I know those too; will be around the corner, just like after a fun period there will be another "correctional period" and round and round we go lol.

From: APauls
22-Nov-19

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Build forts, snowball fights, invented games on the snow there’s so much to do even on a barren landscape

From: LINK
22-Nov-19
APauls I agree 100%. My daughter told my mom she wanted a tablet so my mom asked if she could get them one. We told her they wouldn’t hardly get to use it. My mother asked her if she still wanted an iPad the other day. My daughter responded, “ I just want a tablet, you know like a big chief tablet”. My kids love the outdoors and have imaginations beyond belief but then again if they get 2 hours of a screen in a week it’s a lot. My oldest doubled the grade school record for AR reading points. Their Christmas lists include fishing poles, books and sun dresses. Take away the screen and you have a kid that fits in more with generation X than their own. Over consumption of technology will be the demise of hunting among youth not corn piles, crossbows or heaters.

From: Brotsky
22-Nov-19

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My 12 year old chasing mule deer with me.
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My 12 year old chasing mule deer with me.
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My daughter packing out an elk quarter.
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My daughter packing out an elk quarter.
These kids would look at you cross eyed because you're only walking a mile Bloodtrail :-)

22-Nov-19
I agree APauls...but, i dont know that all situations are equal. Yes, i could and could have in the past said, no tablet/tv/iphone watching thru my kids lives. But, when they are babysat by my inlaws daily with anywhere from 2-6 of their same aged cousins who have all of those things, thats a tougher gig to dictate. Again, i do feel responsibility in my kids’ following of today’s norm where electronics are a draw that they almost “need” to have to keep their brains moving fast enough. When I was a kid and my dad needed to do something around the house(without the help/hindrance of a kid), he sent me outside to get me out of his hair so he can get things done. There weren’t a lot of other things for me to get into and video games were something that I had available to me I just had no interest in. Today it’s just not the same and I understand that what a parent allows is what they will have to get into. But I can’t really shut it down everywhere else they are because everybody else around them has it at those times.

In the end, my kids are really really good kids. Of course there are times where I know they could do better but that’s life for all of us. We could all do better at times and stepping back and looking at it, I see a lot of kids and my kids are really good. I wish they had more of a fire for archery and hunting and trapping and all of the things that I like to do but they do it with me some and realistically, they will certainly grow up understanding All of those things and what they are for and what they represent and be able to articulate that with respect for both sides of the argument. Whether they hunt or not, like Link said, The fact that they’ll understand and respect it is good enough for me if they continue to be the good people they are becoming.

Yeah I could’ve done some things differently I’m sure when it comes to the electronic gig,and hindsight being 20/20 i would. But let’s be honest, we’re grown men that love to hunt and do all kinds of things and we can’t keep from checking into bowsite every chance we get. At work, at home, from the tree stand. At times we certainly do it when we probably shouldn’t but here we are. That’s today’s world, IMO…

From: Bloodtrail
22-Nov-19
Yes, there are a lot of good parents getting their kids into hunting/fishing that also evoke a sense of respect and value on the effort that goes into it all. I get that. I have a 20 year old son that hunts and fishes...and also uses technology. And I know I raised him the way I would want him to value his bow hunting experience.

Here's something to ponder......I have a friend that I grew up with. We hunted, fished, chased small game and bowhunted a lot together growing up. We trekked though the woods, scouted, found deer sign, found trails, got in our stands in the dark and came out in the dark, hunted in good weather and bad, froze our a$$es off sometimes, and learned how to beat the deer on their turf. Now, his kids are younger than mine....and things change (the way hunting is done). He now lives in a suburban neighborhood and baits deer legally in his yard. He waits until he sees a good buck from his house window, opens the slider, walks to his shed, shakes the corn bucket and drops some food, gets into his shed with his crossbow and waits till they come back. And shoots some damn big bucks legally. I wonder how his kids are going to view "hunting" when they can do it on their own without supervision.

I have to assume this is the new normal in this day and age. Years ago, I would tell people I hunted deer with a bow and they'd said, "Oh, that's good. It's fair that way." or "That's really hard to do. Good for you!"......I just have to wonder if all the newer hunters want to kill deer like my friend now does?

Lastly, almost all of the high schools here have an archery class in gym. Most high schools only allow seniors to take the class. So they all have the opportunity to be exposed to archery.

From: LINK
22-Nov-19
Our area has 4h shooting sports after school but that’s awesome for the places that actually have it in school.

From: APauls
22-Nov-19
Just remember the #1 determinant to human success is being loved by your parents. So if you’re loving them and they feel loved as unfortunate as it sounds they’ve already got a leg up on a lot of other kids out there! It’ll be all right. Just the fact that we care already means it’s OK

22-Nov-19
Bloodtrail, i dont think that ur buddy’s way of hunting is anywhere near a big slice of the pie. I’ve grown up around hunting and people that do so, like most ppl here on this site. I have buddies and know of buddies who have buddies that hunt mostly in urban areas. I know one person that does as you say ur buddy does and i wouldnt say he DOES it, id have to say he HAS done it on occasion.

Now, i dont live in an area that is legal baiting nor do i live in an urban setting. But i have close friends/family that do and there is hunting in their areas but not like you describe.

I would venture to say that a very miniscule number of hunters do it that way. But then again, because my area isnt like those areas maybe I am the one who thinks the slice of the pie around me is just a small sample of what its like everywhere.

From: Bloodtrail
22-Nov-19
Stick, appreciate your view. I’ve still got 25-30 more years in me in the woods.i know what it was like when I started back in 1985 at age 12. It’s vastly different now than then. I wonder what the future holds for the young hunters just starting out today. Thanks.

From: WI Shedhead
22-Nov-19

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The kids are out thier shooting - it’s just different. They don’t have much extra time but that doesn’t mean they enjoy it. I’ve finally got enough time to get myself back into hunting for myself more after doing every thing I could to get my 3 out in the woods. But I have 3 of the best hunting partners I could ask for to take out in the woods for my efforts.

From: WI Shedhead
22-Nov-19

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From: Tonybear61
27-Nov-19

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Archery is boring compared to video games-tell that to me kids who I shot leagues with

P & Y rendezvous, or Kicking Bear photo

From: Lynn Wilcox
30-Nov-19

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15 years old, 2nd deer with a bow !
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15 years old, 2nd deer with a bow !
My son has been shooting for ~dozen yrs. Practice makes perfect. He maxed out his 60# bow when he was 14yrs old. After more then 3 months at 60#, practing 3-4 times a week, he was even able to hunt with it at that weight. Not bad for 130# kid !!

Hard work pays off ......

From: Lynn Wilcox
30-Nov-19

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Start them young....
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Start them young....
Teach them to love archery at a young age, build off of that !

From: Lynn Wilcox
30-Nov-19

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Rhinehart 100
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Make it fun....make it a challenge.

Make them understand that shooting a bow is NOT easy & it takes a lot of practice & patience to be good at it.

From: Hardchild
02-Dec-19

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Obviously i see no reason why kids shouldn't get involved in archery especially those ones that show interest in it. I remember i wasn't able to play guitar all because my dad never wanted me to because he was scared i might end up becoming a performer, going for concert and all. Parents should give supports to their kids, guide them through and also monitor to ensure their safety. NB: Don't leave out the guide aspect.

02-Dec-19
The problem is your platform. (facebook) People are afraid to admit to their 2,000 “friends” that they like to shoot bows. Blow back is tuff. Very sad but a good reason why Bowsite thrives. Last year over 2 million people were on Bowsite. See “bowhunting offspring” thread.

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