When I was a boy at 12 y.o. we 'walked with dad.' If you paid attention, and showed maturity, then the next year you MIGHT get a hunting license and actually pack a gun. Still hunting at dad's side. Seems like these days guys are often looking for a new hunting buddy, and grooming a 10 y.o. to go with them. i grew up in a logging/hunting family, and even though bird hunting and such was encouraged at a young age, big game hunting was not. i doubt most kids are emotionally ready for big game hunting at 10, but lots of guys put their kids in for permits, or plan hunts for them at that age. My oldest was just shy of 12 when he shot his first moose. There was still a pile of supervision involved. What say you? Yeah, I know, depends on the kid. I still say 10 is probably too young for big game. I don't remember anyone younger than Jr. High deer hunting when I was in school.