For those of you who were exposed to hunting at a young age, how old were you? I have vague memories (and have seen a few pictures) of being on a 3-wheeler going to a deer stand with my dad and then another being in a stand with him shooting at a deer. I couldn't have been more than 2 at the time. The next clear memory I have of hunting is as a 7 or 8 year old with my grandfather, with whom I avidly hunting until I was 15/16 or so. I lost interest in it for a several years and got back into it when I was 20 or so and have been a die-hard hunter every since. My dilemma is this - my son is almost five. Squirrel season and bow season are in full swing down here right now. Gun season for deer starts in a few weeks. I realize getting him to sit still for a prolonged period of time is unreasonable. I've also decided that I'm not keen on the idea of having a 7mag blast away at a deer near him - for various reasons. I don't want him to become gun shy at an early age or hearing damage to occur. He has a scoped .22LR with which he is getting pretty good, so he is familiar with guns with less "bang". In addition to this, I don't want to scar him with the killing of "bambi" at a young age, but in the same breath, he "helped" me dress 3 deer last year. It has been HOT here so far every weekend this year. This weekend is going to be no different - low 80s. I'm planning to either squirrel hunt or bow hunt Saturday and getting him into the woods before it gets cold is becoming almost a priority to me. Is this wise? I've thought about maybe taking him to the woods to "hunt" without a gun - just to get him familiar with nature at its finest. Any advice or personal experiences of your own or of your own children will be VERY greatly appreciated.