Ohio is one of the states that are considered top hunting destinations that most people love. It has white-tailed deer and the authorities allow licensed people to keep and hunt them.
This license allows a long deer season and a conservation buck harvest that is an added advantage for those living in this part of the world.
There are many opportunities in Ohio to hunt in the state parks but the private land gives you more opportunities to enjoy hunting as a hobby or as a family outing. Most private lands have a lot of deer that will provide you with an opportunity to bag a trophy buck each time you visit.
Yes! To hunt in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife allows members to hunt and trap deer on private land through a written permission.
This is only given once your land has been surveyed and passed as the right atmosphere to rear the deer. The maximum penalty for hunting or keeping deer without a written permission is as a high as $500 fine and about 60 days in jail.
A repeat offense will see you fined over $750 fine and about 90 days in jail. The sooner you get your written permission, the better you enjoy every moment of your hunting experience.
How do hunters connect to the registered farms?
Once you get your written permission, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Division of Wildlife always connects hunters with farmers as a way to contain the deer problem that has increasingly grown in Ohio.
Both farmers and private farms like the Ohio Guide Outfitters Whitetail Deer Hunts provide fun opportunities to hunt deer that can also be a family affair.
How to get your family interested in deer hunting
Most deer hunters are men and they love it! The few who have wooed their partners into joining them are happier too because it’s a fun way to spend some time together in the woods doing something you both love.
Most successful stories of the first hunt as a family encourage your partner and children to love this game. It all starts with your family loving the deer meat, then they are hooked to the hunting game. You cannot afford to spend that much time in the woods without making a lot of special memories.
These are dear memories that your family will hold throughout their young and old life. It also helps your children learn how to harvest the bucks and bring food for the family to enjoy.
It is more exciting when you are teaching your children how to aim and pull the trigger and to see the joy it brings when they carry home their first catch. Most fathers who hunt have a great desire to share their passion for deer hunting as well as enjoy the great outdoors as a family.
There is no guarantee that all of these fathers who enjoy hunting can get their families involved in the hunting. As a parent or a guardian, there are things that one can do to increase the odds of them developing a lifelong passion.
5 things that a parent can do to develop or increase this passion in their children
1. Get them involved at an early age
Children always take a very early interest in their parents’ passion for the outdoor life. It may start just as the curious question of, “Daddy where are you going?” Then when you bring home some nice family meal, the curious little one will watch you cut it up as they stick out their little fingers to poke and prod the dead animal and later on enjoy the sumptuous meal.
All of this childhood curiosity builds over time and questions of, “Can I come with you?” start pouring in. This is the time to seize the moment and take them with you to the hunting grounds.
If you take hunting too serious, then you might miss out on this opportunity. Understand that taking them to the hunting ground will require you to change tactics on how you hunt, which may be a challenge at first. Get past yourself and your high standards of hunting and take them out, giving them proper attention and teaching them the tactics.
Some will get interested from the first day while others will take time maybe until they get their first harvest. Hunting with a young child also means that you need to make the trips short as well as prepare yourself to answer many questions which lower the hopes of actually harvesting on the first day. The important thing here is to get the child to be interested and to keep coming because of its fun.
2. Make hunting fun
Irrespective of your child’s age, fill the early days with lots of fun. This is critical in not scaring the child away and helping them maintain an interest in hunting. These first hints always form the first impression in the child and they are able to choose if they want to come have fun or remain behind because it’s boring.
Your job is not to try and keep the interest in the child because that may complicate things but your work is to make hunting fun. The best way to make it fun is to ensure the hunting outing is brief. While explaining things, use funny language or gestures that will keep them entertained as they learn – fun and learning go together!
Most kids will easily tell you when they are bored or show signs of lack of interest. As soon as you see these signs, it is important to listen to them and call the hunting to an end promising to do it another day. As you head out, think of exciting things that can keep them entertained. Maybe watch a video, or listen to some music that they love or even sing along with them – I mean anything that will keep them entertained.
3. Do not push them
There could be remorse forsaking the life of another creature that may upset the children and cause them to stay away and hate hunting. At this point, do not try and push them into more hunting. Reassure them of your love for them and allow them to decide to come back themselves. If you push them, it may feel like you want to do things they do not want to do and that may affect their emotional life.
Do not belittle any of the unsettling feelings the child may have because it is important to them. As a hunter, you may want so bad to have your child share your love for hunting, but if it does not flow naturally after the first few visits, don’t push it. That’s the worst thing you can do. Always keep the invitation open but never forced them to participate!
4. Provide them with the right gear
The first thing that will impress them is to dress up for the hunting with the right kind of boots, hats, and jackets that are all highly comfortable. Every hunter ensures that every part of the gear fits perfectly and properly.
Get the child something that fits and does not be tempted to use your oversize boots or hats. Get gears that have outstanding labels that will attract and make them look the part.
Just as important as the gear they wear is, the gin or the arrow they carry is of great importance too. Proper size and fitting of these weapons are crucial for both safety and enjoyment of the child.
5. Help them succeed
For children to remain interested in the hunting game, they need to see their success or they are going to give up. While adult hunters may sit on a tree all day every day waiting to get a right shot, the young ones will see that as boring and give up easily.
You don’t have to feel the pressure to target a big white deer; you can start small with squirrels, doves, etc., especially where there are no shooting opportunities. This will teach the child how to aim and pull the trigger and watch their expression when they get a kill.
Once the child gets the first kill, they are hooked and will be patient enough to learn more tactics for better hunting skills. There is nothing more beautiful in hunting than watching your own child learn to aim, shoot and harvest. You will be proud that you are a part of this successful journey and the child will grow to be proud of themselves.
Hunting can be fun!
What matters is the ability to reach out to your young children the right way. It also means being able to explain technical things in a non-technical way. This way, you reach out to a whole new generation that will take hunting to new levels in Ohio!
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