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Hunter Safety Course
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:29:42 pm »
  Last weekend Zach, whose eleven now  :o, and I took Michigan's Hunter Safety course.  It's a requirement to purchase a hunting license here in Michigan and most other states I've been told.  I took it about 32 years ago and have no idea where my certificate is so rather than dumping Zach off to take it on his own I took it too.  Most parents did just drop their kids off and leave which was acceptable.  We were in class from 8-5 Saturday and the class would have run until 5PM Sunday but it rained so the orienteering and muzzle loader shoot was cancelled and we got done about 3:30.  We had a really good time.  Zach did very well with the .22 and bow.  He had a bit of trouble with shotgun.  We'll have to work on that  ;) :).  He scored a 90% on the test at the end  8) 8) 8) 8)  I got all ten shots in the ten ring with the .22.  It was a target model Savage bolt action with Williams target peep sights.  Nice little rifle.  I learned something with the bows too  8) 8)  I'm right handed and left eye dominant.  It's always been an issue with handguns and shooting flying targets with a shotgun.  My reflex is to sight with my left eye while holding the instrument right handed.  I tried using a bow when I was kid but it was taking longer to master it than I had patience for  ;) ;D so I dropped it.    I caught myself sighting with my left eye with a right handed bow at the class and made a comment about it to the instructor.  He told me I really should try shooting a left handed bow.  He had to talk me into  it and prevailed  :D ;D  After six arrows I had my aim point and the next six were all fairly close to the center of the target with one being a bullseye  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)  I need to try shooting a handgun left handed now :)  I got one out of three clay pigeons on the course which wasn't too bad considering I was using a youth model shotgun :)  It didn't pull up right for me.  I was also wondering how I'd do left handed  :)  I was taught as a youth that when you accepted a firearm from someone the first thing you did was to check the chamber to see if it was loaded.  Now you're supposed to ask "is the chamber open, is the safety on" before taking the firearm.  That's  8) 8) 8)  I also learned that the rope used to pull up or lower a firearm or bow from a tree stand is called a "haul line".  An FAS is a "fall arrest system" used when hunting from a tree stand not a lumber grade  :)  I walked away from the class with something new  8) ;D 8) ;D :)  I passed the test too.  I got a 100%  ;) ;D  Zach and I had a really good time.  That was the best part  8) 8)   
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 07:36:55 pm »
I have no idea if there is any shooting requirements with the test here. I only shoot varmits on my land. I have no lincese. I use to hunt in my early 20's,but gave it up for some reason. Nothing against it,just don't hunt. Many hunt on my land. You both did good,real good.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 08:18:49 pm »
Used to teach hunter safety, really enjoyed the kids coming the next year or later saying ""Mr. Staples, look what I killed".  Making a difference with kids is a joy.  And the real ones were when dad, or mom, or both, took the course with their kids.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 10:08:55 pm »
Congrats to both of you for taking it together. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 10:55:48 pm »
I think it helps the kids a lot to have someone with them, plus it's time together. Congrats to the both of you.

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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 10:57:31 pm »
I took hunter safety with my son and stayed in class with my grandson when I took him,
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 06:55:54 am »
At first glance I thought meadows miller was back. :D :D :D :D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;) ;) :) :o
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 07:34:36 am »
At first glance I thought meadows miller was back. :D :D :D :D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;) ;) :) :o

 :D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) :) :) :) :)

October 7th we have to be at the Sportsman's Club no later than 5:30PM.  They have a Civilian Marksmanship youth program for those 10-20 years old.  We found out about it at the Hunter Safety class and Zach wants to take it.  It runs from Oct to April Monday evening.  We have to be there and get in line extra early on the 7th because the class is limited to 32 and fills up.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2013, 09:04:44 pm »
Youngest son and step daughter are now signed up for the next hunting-firearms course here.  The instructor only has time to do these courses in the winter and will only take 10 students at a time, yet with his knowledge and experience I would say he is worth the wait. 

The kids have always come out with me hunting small game and geese. Sons like to plink away with their air rifles and of course target practise with the me using .22, .410 or 12 guage, both boys tried my 303 but I think the fact that they were to use the BIG GUN made them nervous. 

Get this, youngest son who is 13 put on his Christmas list a 10 guage  ??? Not afraid to try anything that one.....
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2013, 09:08:46 pm »
Congratulations to you two! 8) 8) ;) ;) :) :)
I used to teach the course many years ago, and will do it again when I finally retire back to the mountains.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2013, 09:25:14 pm »
My first rifle was a 303. When each of my two sons turned 12 and could hunt with me, they shot their first deer with the 303. It was a sporterized British Mark X, if I remember right, and weighed hardly anything at all. But it did have open sights and a good kick.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2013, 09:41:17 am »
Nothing like starting off on the right foot, only thing left now is some pictures of the harvest!    david
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2013, 01:11:29 pm »
Well done dad and Zach. Sounds like you had a really good time. beenthere, that brings back some memories. At 14 I learned to shoot with the military Enfield 303 bored to 22 for the indoor range. The following summer we went outdoors and were given the real thing for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. Got in the prone position, breathing correct, squeeze don't pull.... and forgot to pull it into my shoulder. :'( Only did THAT once, it hurt.
We have to take the course before getting an FAC (Firearms Acquisition Certificate) so we can purchase a firearm. MY bil who is qualified to instruct says parts of it are a little hokey but he has to go through the motions.
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Re: Hunter Safety Course
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2013, 01:50:54 pm »
A week ago was Zach's sign up and orientation for the Youth Civilian Marksmanship Program.  Tomorrow evening they get to shoot  8) 8)
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