Posted at: 10/17/2013 6:39 PM
By: Steph Crock
Next Generation of Hunters Preparing for Deer Season
(ABC 6 News) -- Regular deer hunting season is right around the corner, but for youth, their season starts today! Our team went out to the Southern Minnesota Sportsman Club where several kids were target practicing.
"The boys had off for MEA, so I thought it'd be a good day to bring them out to the range and do a little target practicing," said hunter Bob Schultz. He has been hunting for almost 60 years, and now he's taking his three grandchildren out to the shooting range to keep that tradition going. "I have 3 out here today, they're 10, 8 and 3," he said.
"I think it is a bonding experience because sometimes you can get to know your family members a little bit better," said his 10 year-old grandson Gabriel Baron.
They're practicing at the target first before taking part in the youth hunting season because safety comes first to their grandpa, who's been a gun safety instructor for 20 years now. "In case something were to happen, they know what to do, and how to be responsible," said Bob.
"Whatever holds the bullets, check it before you even put your finger on the trigger, and if you’re not ready to shoot, don't put your finger on the trigger," said Gabriel. So far, these kids have nailed the safety training but there's something else all hunters need to remember this season, chronic wasting disease.
Three years ago a deer was tested positive for that in our area. They've tested negative since, but hunters in Permit Area 602 still have to turn in harvested deer from the area for testing to be safe. Now, that may be a tall request for kids to remember, but it's an important one for those who are out hunting with them.
"We've been turkey hunting, and squirrel hunting, and they've been out deer hunting with me also," said Bob.
While their guardians keep these rules in mind, kids like these boys can be ready to take aim. "It's an adrenaline rush to do it and it can be fun if you're doing it right," said Gabriel.