I have taken one of my sons out deer hunting with me since he was about 9 years old . One of the most IMPORTANT RULES that I have drilled into his head is this : NEVER EVER , EVER SHOOT AT SOMETHING YOU CAN NOT IDENTIFY . I have told him that if we are hunting for deer or Turkey or whatever and you can not POSITIVELY say it's what you are hunting , DON'T SHOOT !!!!! That once you pull that trigger , there is no way to take it back .
To this day ...... He lives and breathes that rule first and for most , because I Insist on it . The second rule that I have drilled into him that goes hand in hand with the first rule is : ALWAY THINK ABOUT WHAT IS BEYOND THE TARGET !!!! Do not take the shot if there is a house , road or a person or anything sketchy , or you are not sure of what's behind the target . It's as simple as that !! And I have told him that if he wants to hunt with me , he needs to follow those two rules AT ALL TIMES no matter what , or I will tear up his license in front of him and take the gun and he won't ever go out with me again . And he knows I will .
There have been several times that I could see a deer and wonder at the time why he isn't shooting , he'd say later ..... " I could not see for sure what it was Mom , so I did not take the shot," Or "There was a road behind that Buck , and I was hoping he would move to the right away from the road so I could take the shot , but he moved toward the road instead so I let him walk . "
You teach them when they are young and hopefully , the next generation of hunters will not shoot willie nillie when in the woods , with no common sense . I know , I am expecting to much but I can Hope .