Whether it’s on an archery, rifle, pistol, shot-gun or BB gun range, your kiddo should feel like the weapon is an extension of themselves. We all know that the more we execute, practice and hone our skills and techniques, the more able, confident and proficient we will be when the time comes to put our learned skills to use. There is always the looming possibility that when our youngster is starring that moment of truth in the face, when they have to make a decision during that tiny window of opportunity, that they will not possess the confidence and ability necessary to make a precise and accurate shot.
In order to reduce the possibility of a catastrophic shot miss, wound or hurt feelings, there is a simple solution……get your kid to feel right at home on the range. This however, might require you to miss out on a few of those early morning summer T-off times so that you can spend some great summer mornings shooting with them.
The pre-season is a crucial time and offers a short window of opportunity to get kids used to the bang of a rifle, the thump of a shot-gun or overcome the jitters and shakiness of shooting a bow. The more time you set aside to teach and practice with your kids, the more confident, skilled and able they will be when they enter the field.
We can eliminate any fears that they might have of the weapon by teaching them without any anger, judgment or being overwhelmingly corrective. A gentle teaching spirit and a gracious, patient approach will give your little one the self-esteem that they will need to be responsible and confident hunters.