Hey Guys (and girls!) - when is the right time to buy a young man his first gun? My wife delivered our 5th child, a boy named Tarpon James Joy, on Saturday. He and mommy are doing great and will be home tommorrow. That makes 5 for us, a 5 year old daughter, twin girls who are 3, a son who is 2 and now Tarpon (yes, we like to fish as well as hunt and the name is derived from a 125 lb Tarpon that I caught on my flyrod to finish out the flat Grand Slam in Belize this past summer). I already told the story of my "oldest" and her first turkey hunt - but my wife says 2 months is just too young for Tarpon's first gun. For all of us hunters out there with kids, it is essential that we encourge them to join our sport, or at the least educate them about responsible game management and the role that hunters play in conservation. I do not belive in pushing kids int anything. I think you show them the attributes that an activity has to offer and let them be the ultimate judge of their interests. Even if they do not join us as hunters, its vitally important that we educate our children about responsible game manegment and the role that hunters play in wildlife conservation and sustainability. It is also important that we guys have sensible minded wives who keep us from starting our children hunting before they can walk. As a side note - I do have one of those backpacks to carry young children and my "oldest" was fishing with me at 3 months, her first fish were steelhead (yes we caught fish) and each of my kids has been out well before there first birthday!