Introduction to hog hunting
This summer, I decided to introduce my 8-year-old nephew and 5-year-old daughter to how we hunt hogs. Before we even went hunting, we started out the night with how to use the thermal sights and how to hold the rifle on the tri-pod. The next afternoon we went and started loading the trailer with the golf cart and carry-all, and loaded the cooler with drinks and snacks that the kid picked out. Snacks are important to 5 and 8-year old’s! While we were loading everything up, my daughter was telling my nephew what we were going to do and how yummy “slobber pigs” are to eat.
The trip down
Once in the truck, the real fun began. Since it was over an hour ride to the field we were going to hunt that night, the “are we there yet,” “how much longer,” and even “I’m going to shoot a giant pig” were just a few of the statements they made. If you have ever hunted with a 5 and 8-year-old, you have heard all of these and probably more.
The fun begins
Once we made it to the field, we unloaded the rifle and gear for the night. As it started getting dark, the animals started coming out on to the field. The kids started having a blast with seeing deer, coyotes, armadillos… everything but hogs.
As it started getting later, my nephew started getting antsy to look through the thermal on the rifle and pull the trigger. I was able to get him to look at deer through the thermal. Then he asked if he could just shoot a deer and my daughter starts telling him no because it wasn’t deer season.
Call it a night
Well, we sat out there till about midnight and it started lighting and thundering, and no pigs ever showed up. I decided to call it a night and I let my nephew drive the golf cart back to the trailer and we start loading everything back up to leave. It wasn’t 15 minutes later they both were sound asleep. My daughter has been going with me since she was 6 months old to put out food plots, put out stands and blinds, and scouting. To keep hunting alive, we have to teach our children young so they can enjoy it and respect it.