Hunting can be a nice way to enjoy nature, bond with your teen, and get some exercise at the same time. Depending on your preferences or the game you're after, your hunting equipment can vary on excursions. There are some basic rules for hunting safety and respect for the craft that you can instill in your child. Doing so might help to mitigate any chances of an injury or accident occurring during a hunting trip.

Firearm Rules

A firearm will almost certainly be the primary instrument you take with you on any hunt. It is vitally important that your teen has a safe and respectful relationship with guns. You can cultivate this view early by talking to them about proper safety and handling techniques well before your first excursion takes place. There is no need to make your teen overly fearful, but you don't need to shy away from the potential danger of the improper or reckless use of a firearm, either. Once they have a healthy respect for these tools, they can put that respect in context and be prepared mentally when they join you outdoors.

Everything Has a Place

The planning stages of a hunt are good times to go over the importance of having the right equipment for the job. Don't hesitate to take some time to explain what you're going to be bringing with you, why it is useful, and how it works. Even something simple, such as a waterfowl hunting backpack, might be made in a different way from the kinds of standard packs your teen knows about already. Use this opportunity to explain why some equipment is made the way it is.

Field Safety

Your teen needs to know how to handle themselves outdoors, and this aspect applies to more than just firearm safety. You'll have other equipment with you, and you should take some time to help familiarize your child with each piece and how it is used. Teach them how to foster a sense of direction, use a compass or GPS, get familiar with the trails, reading wildlife signs, or building a proper camp. The more they know, the more they'll be prepared to tackle the outdoors without issue.

Local Regulations

There are probably some local trails, woods, or hunting areas in your region. These places are great starting points for you and your teen. Even if you are familiar with them already, they are good options for helping your kid learn about the outdoors. You already know what to expect, so you can be a knowledgeable guide when necessary. It is a good idea to teach your teen about any local regulations that agencies might expect hunters to follow.

Going on a hunt can be a fun activity for teens in all seasons or types of weather. You might enjoy planning for different terrain or conditions in the environments. There are ways to let them into every stage of this process and feel like they are an important part of the event. It's also a good way to teach them about awareness of their surroundings, how to follow important rules for everyone's safety, and get unplugged from technology for a while.

Author's Bio: 

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.