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The thought of children enjoying hunting bothers me....S/O

I understand that many people hunt for food and that's fine. Someone has to do it. The thing that gets me is when small children are SO happy about finally getting the chance to kill a deer. My 6 year old cries at those humane society commercials(yes she really cries lol). If I even suggested her shooting a deer she would not be happy with me.

I just don't understand how a child would want to shoot an animal. 

That's just my opinion on the matter. If you don't agree, that's ok too!

by on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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by on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
For me it's like a little boy prancing around with his moms heels and purse. I'd say most kids that like to hunt have a dad, grandpa, mom who hunt. They want to be like them. Just like the little boy wearing heels. He wants to be grown up. If a child is not exposed to it then they probably wouldn't want to hunt.
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by on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Everyone hunts around here. Would you rather deer overpopulate and starve?
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by on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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 I can understand how you might feel that way if you didn't know all the teaching behind it. They are taught firearm safety. They are taught respect for their environment, respect for the animals (you do not ever, ever make them suffer, you do not kill a female unless it's either sex, you do not kill a baby, you do not hunt anything that it is not legal to hunt for, or that is not in season) respect for fellow human beings (no trespassing, written permissions to hunt, respect for game wardens/law officials/laws in general) They are also contributing to conservation and animal health.

They are so proud of themselves because it's a rite of passage. They are growing up, and they didn't just "kill a deer". They are carrying on a tradition, they are making their parents proud, they are practicing skills, and they are doing good for the animals and environment as well as for their family. They have every right to be proud.

by on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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Most ppl don't let small kids actually shoot the animal because the weapon is larger than they are. All the kids that I know that are hunters like their parents are really more compassionate where animals are concerned than other kids.

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by Anonymous 8 on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I kind of agree. I went from living in the burbs to the country. Its just a different way of life.
by Platinum Member on Oct. 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I was raised around gun safety and shot competitively. I also enjoyed hunting when I was of legal age (12 in PA).

As an adult, I don't think I could ever take an interest in hunting. Hunting at an early age did not make me twisted or less likely to care for animals. In fact, I took in several injured animals as a child. When it was something I couldn't handle, I called the local environmental center and they took them.

by Ruby Member on Oct. 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Assuming that you are not a vegetarian, don't you think it is a bit hypocritical to go to the grocery store for you meat while attacking parents for raising their children to know where their food comes from? What is wrong is to raise your children  to think that chicken, beef and pork are meats that come from the grocery store without having the connection to the fact that their food was once a live animal being raised in inhumane conditions.

by Ruby Member on Oct. 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM
I get it, but I completely disagree with you.
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by Gold Member on Oct. 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM
My daughter has to turn the tv off or change the channel when those commercials come on.
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by Platinum Member on Oct. 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM
Eh. Where I grew up hunting is normal and a big thing. I even went.
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