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Old 07-14-2010, 09:44 AM
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My son is 9, and killed his first deer last year here in Florida. We would like to hunt together out west, but it appears this can't happen until he is 12. Are all the states out west the same? I know children under 12 are not allowed to hunt in Montana or South Dakota.

Is there any state where we can hunt big game?

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Old 07-14-2010, 10:54 AM
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Maybe this will help.....

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Old 07-14-2010, 07:38 PM
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We. ??

Or you? LOL! I think your son would love to go hunting with you regardless of where you guys are at.

What kind of hunting in the west allures you? Mule deer? Whitetails? Antelope?

I'm enticed to go antelope hunting some day. I'd consider that a blast! Around here we only have whitetails and black bears to hunt... unless you consider a draw hunt for moose.

How big are your deer there anyway?

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Old 07-20-2010, 11:37 AM
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You use to be able to hunt in Maine at age 10. You can hunt black bear with a guide there. And over bait.

Out west might be a lot for a little guy. A lot of acres to cover. How about Canada? Bear or moose?

My kid just turned 8. He got his first buck at age 7 and we talk a lot about an out-of-state hunt. We're thinking Canada for moose or Maine for bear.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:52 AM
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My son is big for his age. (5'+ 105 lbs.) I have been going out west to MT. ans SD. for several years and he has been with me when school allows but can't hunt.
I would love for him to be able to hunt with me. He is dying to kill a mule deer!

He is a good shot and killed all 4 deer he has shot at. Hit them all in the heart or lungs. The futhest on was 225 yards and the closest about 80 yards.

Here in Florida the deer are not that big. I killed a large 6 pt. with my bow last year that weighed 180 lbs. That is the biggest bodied deer I have ever killed around the area I live. The deer only have to score 100 B&C to make the Florida record book, so they do not get to big. Florida has never had a typical whitetail make the book.

We do have plenty of deer. Residents are allowed 1 per day and a total of about 120 days to hunt!! Lots of meat for the freezer!!
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:08 PM
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Sounds like your boy is ready.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:34 AM
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Oregon has a great youth Hunt program for all game as long as the adult has a tag.

Here is the link to the odfw Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife faq

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:23 AM
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I'm thinking a Youth has to be at least 6 years old to hunt in Missouri,they have to be accompanied with an Adult and they have to have the Hunters Safety Course to take a Youth Hunting up until their age 16,then they can hunt on their own if they are ready?
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