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Hunters...you need to plan...

I felt sorry for a young boy.  He was a bout 14 and looking forward to his first Deer Hunt.

Dad was at the counter of a large sporting goods store.

"What do you mean there are not any more gun training classes before hunting.


Gun training In Minnesota is at least 2 weekends and sometimes 3.  (1 day classes).


Dad complained about the lack of notice the state gives.   But, the state does not give notices.

This was a case of the father not planning ahead of time.  An example of not knowing the hunting rules and guidelines.  An example of thinking they don't need to read up on the current laws.


I feel sorry for the boy...but, maybe if he was so interested, he would have checked also.  But, the blame still lies on the father.




Ladies...DO NOT let your husband give you a hat like this!

Comment balloon 7 commentsWilliam Feela • October 25 2015 05:32PM


Hi William Feela,  If anyone gave me a hat like that I would immediately stop associating with him or her.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 4 years ago

A sad story indeed William.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

William, I wonder how long has Minnesota required a gun training coarse?  As a boy, I walked about one pace behind my dad from the time I was five years old.  I fired a shotgun that first day hunting.  From that day until I was nine, I carried an empty 16 gauge single shot every step of the way.  I was taught how to keep the barrel pointed down as I walked, how to hold other hunters guns (butt to the ground and unloaded) as they crossed a fence.  I was first one through the fence, then received my gun, set it down (unloaded and pointing away from everyone), and then held the others' unloaded guns as they crossed the fence.  Even BB gun safety was stressed without slack.  We pointed the BB gun toward the ground ans squezed the trigger before passing it through the fence.  As a teen, hunting with school buddies was common, and everyone insisted all others pay attention, take no chances, and NEVER point a gun (loaded or unloaded) at another person.  I am teaching gransons gun safety, and their dads are doing the same.  The boys are coming to an age where they will be hunting on our farm with adult supervision.  One advantage they enjoy: firearms are not accompanied by alcohol.  Their dads and granddad do not drink alcohol.

I support your States effort to enhance the liklihood that everyone returns home safely.  As for the fourteen year old, disappointments are part of life, and hopefully this will be the worst he ever experiences, yet I suspect dad has a few more for the boy.

Posted by Fred Cope, Looking For Homes With A Smile (Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN) over 4 years ago

I was thinking as I saw that photo that would not be the best of hats to wear during hunting season, until I saw that last line.  I was thinking of how many wives would have gotten hats like that for their husbands

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 4 years ago


Sad to hear the the son will miss the hunting season.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Bill, sadly a friend I know is a firearms safety instructor...he gets these calls almost every year from parents that didn't know the law or just didn't take the time to plan ahead for any issues.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 4 years ago

Let's hope the son will grow up to be a smart young man who will teach his children responsibility. Rules are to be followed and I'm glad they don't break the rules up there in Minnesota. It was a hard lesson for the dad. The son was watching and soaking it all up.

P.S. I think the hat is ridiculous!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago