I am a big believer in this and have a dilemma on my hands. My son has missed 3 times this weekend shooting off a table with 4 seat cushions on it at broadside motionless deer at 100 yards. I have encouraged him to shoot his BB gun all year but he has not done so. We sighted his gun in, it was dead on. First 2 shots, he shot about 12" low. The next 2 shots were about 3" low. The next 2 were on. I told him yesterday after missing twice that if he missed again, I was putting his gun up for the season b/c he owes it to the deer to make clean shots. He missed again this morning, 100 yards broadside. He had 5 minutes to make the shot. Am I being unreasonable here? I feel like he failed to learn the basics with his BB gun and he has not earned the privilege to shoot a deer yet. After this morning, yeah, he was crying a bit.
Feel free to comment. I don't think I am over reacting b/c I don't want to see a gut shot or other poorly hit deer.
As a full-grown man, I wasn't allowed out with a gun till I could hit a 6" circle at 100 yards offhand, and put a 2-3" group at 50 yards.
I don't really know much about hunting, but parenting-wise, I think this is a smart choice, as long as it didn't come off as a punishment, but as a real concern for the deer, the sport, and him as a good ethical hunter and human being. That seems like a powerful lesson.