In the last few years I have been taking my boys on longer and harder hunts. This fall will be the first year I take my oldest 2 boys to sheep camp one will be 9 and my oldest will be 10 years old. Its really hard to find good gear for my boys but in the last year they have grown into woman size boots and clothing which is much better quality then kids clothing. They will be riding into camp on 50+ year old saddles on horses they helped raise. They both learned to hunt the same way most farm boys do with sling shots and BB guns. They have caught grayling, parka squirrels and rabbits by hand and ate them for supper. They know how to butcher hogs, chickens and game and how much work is involved growing a big garden. They also know how much dry firewood you need to get through an Alaskan winter.
Last fall while hunting caribou my 8 year old son and his 9 year old brother walked 12 miles across open tundra never stopping one day and the next day they walked 8 miles when they finally got tired they would run ahead and climb a rock so they could jump on the pack horses I was leading as they went by. I am very carefully about keeping them safe and letting them have fun at their own pace and Iím looking forward to having home grown hunting partners the rest of my life and can't wait until their younger brother can go on bigger trips too.