The sport of duck hunting has been bringing joy to families for hundreds of years. It’s not just a great time, it can also be an important activity for building a strong family dynamic. Hunting can help your children understand how to fend for themselves, not just by feeding themselves but by establishing strong responsible life and family habits. There’s a lot more to duck hunting then just shooting ducks. The sport can create strong family ties that will last several generations.
Here are some good life lessons and tips for any parent interested in sharing and passing down this time-honored family tradition.
1. Safety First and Foremost
Duck hunting requires the use of firearms. When handling fire arms, safety is of the utmost impotence. Be sure your family has attended and passed a certified safety course to learn the basics of safe and responsible gun handling. Safety should also extend to any off-road vehicles. Before you take your family into the wilderness on new ATVs, every member should know how to safely operate any vehicles in case of emergency. This includes a variety of the vehicles listed on Killer Motor Sports, like dirt bikes, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, go karts and others.
Reinforce safe practices at all times with extensive discussions before, during, and after every outing. Talking about safety with your family is not just a good hunting practice, it can also help your family build strong relationships at home as well. Speaking with your family is a great way to strengthen your family’s communication, a learned skill which is just as beneficial at home as in the field. It can also reinforce rules and help instill a sense of responsibility for your children and family members.
2. Educate Through Enthusiasm
Sharing the joys of duck hunting with your family is an exciting prospect. You want to get your family or child excited about duck hunting. Showing your enthusiasm is a great way to motivate your family’s participation. Enthusiasm can go beyond displays of personal enjoyment. You can use enthusiasm as an educational tool as well. Spend time with your family watching duck hunting videos and programs. Spend time with your family doing dry-runs before entering an active hunting field. These mock hunts in the back yard can be a very fun family activity. It will also help them familiarize, understand and prepare for an upcoming event.
Shooting can be a great way to encourage your family’s enthusiasm. Time at the range is really fun. Use that enthusiasm to reinforce safety and build strong trust with your family. Coordinating activities like these will take patience and total involvement. Be sure your family feels included in organizing and preparing events, this can help build cooperation and family unity.
3. Foster Patience And Understanding
Duck hunting requires a great deal of patience. While participating in a duck hunt can be a great way to teach your children and family patience in the field, patience and understanding starts before any family hunt. Don’t press duck hunting onto your family. If you force them to hunt they will not want to hunt. Getting them excited is great, but let your family engage when they choose. Understand your family’s state of mind and readiness. Don’t rush them out the door and into the woods at every available chance. Be patient, they will hunt when their ready.
Rushing a family member before their ready or beyond their threshold can be one of the the biggest mistakes for new hunters. That extends to time in the field. Understand that your family or child might not be willing or able to stay in the field for days, or even multiple hours. You know you’ll get more time hunting when alone or with friends. When getting your family involved, start slow and take realistic trips appropriate for their level skill and desire.
4. Responsibility Through Dog Training
Spending time training a dog to hunt can be a great way to build a lasting sense of responsibility and dedication. Some families already have a dog as part of their family, or most would really like one. Getting or training the family dog to duck hunt can be rewarding and give your family a chance to build responsibility. Animal care can be time consuming and tedious. Teaching your family to properly care for an animal can create good and responsible life skills and empathy.
Spending time training your dog how to hunt brings together all the previous steps in one activity. Training a dog with a family member takes patience, understanding, education, corporation, and of course safety. Dog training is hard and takes time, but this is time well spent. Not only does your family spend more time playing and interacting with the dog, but the dog also benefits from the new regiment of discipline, commands and controls. A well trained dog is much more enjoyable in and out of the home.