Saturday, November 18, 2006

Be Very Very Quiet, I Am Hunting......

I am back up and just in time for hunting season. LD is a avid hunter, so I have hardly spoken to him since last Thursday. November 11 was the opening day for riffle season. My dad never hunted, so I was blissfully unaware of how big a deal it is. I would compare it to superbowl or the opening of nascar, but with these there isn't nearly as much preparation.

Starting the weekend before everyone went out and staked out a place for them to sit patiently in hopes of seeing a deer. Then they all began washing there clothes with earth/dirt scented soap and drier sheets. Yum. They also have to clean their guns, pack the heaters, and make sure you have socks, pants, hat, shirt, gloves, coat, boots, and scarves in camouflage. Hell it wouldn't surprise me if their underwear were camo too. They do all of this just so they can sit in the cold by themselves and wait.

I was surprised that two of the wives were joining in the fun. LD tried to convince me, but I just don't see the fun in sitting in the cold. Besides I don't ever want to learn to shot a gun and I don't think I could shot a deer. LD pointed out that I could just sit and watch or pack a book to read. Now why would I venture out into the cold to read when I could do that snuggled up in my nice warm bed. All his attempts to get me to go with him failed, so now he has moved on to convincing me that Munchkin needs to go.

I just can't seem to wrap my mind around this. Why would I want my 6 year old to learn to shot or watch others shot a gun. Almost every week you learn about a kid that was accidentally shot by his friend who was showing off a gun. Now tell me why would I want to put my kid in that possible situation. LD just doesn't understand and he has stated that he will respect my wishes with Munchkin because he is mine. In otherwords if we ever have kids together he won't listen to me because they are his kids too. I called him on this and he said we would compromise.

So my question is how young is too young to learn to hunt?

5 comments:

mist1 said...

I grew up in the Midwest, where all the women wear bright orange aprons in the event that their husbands mistake them for a deer in the kitchen making brownies and shoot them.

(Yes, really happened. She might have been baking muffins. I made the brownie part up.)

Lisa said...

Yeah, 6 is far too young (in my opinion). My dad and brother go too. I don't think my brother went until jr high. And I think even that is a bit young...

Mikala said...

Ya know, I never could wrap my head around it either. My dad was never into it, but my uncles were. I never did like it and I never will. Luckily J is just like me. Neither of us understand what could be fun about waking up at 5:00 in the morning to sit outside in 30 degree weather in HOPES that a deer might walk by. Noooo thank you.

And, yes, I'd avoid letting your son in on it. My nephew hunts (a hobby picked up from his lovely friend) and he's 14. He's very responsible, but it's still scary. Besides, leave the damn animals alone!

Dan said...

I followed Mist in here. Sorry! ;)

I also can't understand the allure with hunting ... and I'm a macho guy, thank you very much! ;)

I think that guys who want to hunt should do so with their bare hands. I'd like to see how far they would get. After all, the deer don't have guns, and camouflage and all that crap. :)

Jaelithe said...

I think six is DEFINITELY too young. My brother just shot a deer for the first time a couple of weeks ago (my mother lives in a farm in the middle of nowhere and my stepfather hunts). My brother is 13, and he got tons of instruction about gun safety and had plenty of target shooting practice before he went on a real hunt.

Aside from the fact that there are hunting accidents all the time, I am surprised they would want a six-year-old on their hunt if only for the fact that it's very hard to keep a six-year-old quiet!