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Letting Kids Watch While Skinning an Animal

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Jaybo, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Jaybo

    Jaybo Olympia Washington Member

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    I am an avid hunter, and here we are another year, and the arguement has once again arose....

    I have a 5 and 7 year old boy, who want to watch me skin a deer or elk, (If and when I get one) but my wife thinks they cant handle it..

    Tell me what you think... all opinons welcome.. please...

    Thanks
     
  2. berettamod96

    berettamod96 Member

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    let them watch. This is the real world and sugar coating it just makes people ignorant. The reality is predator vs prey and its a completely natural affair and expected unless you are among the PETA masses.
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Double ditto with Beretta for his, as well as the rest of the obvious reasons - and fry up a little backstrap or heart that evening (with onion and garlic) and let them help - Hey! I getting hungry!
     
  4. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    What about Chechclear... or Ofex? With or without sound?
    Maybe that live cow being ground up in a meat grinder.

    By the way, I'm only kidding.
     
  5. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Member

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    only way to know for sure, is to let them watch, and see if they can handle it or not, honestly.

    Personally, I was skinning/cleaning/cooking/eating my own rabbits and squirrels I got with my pellet gun when I was like 10 or so, and had no problems, but I may be in the minority on that kinda thing (also personally gave myself 5 stitches in my left hand, in college , so again, I may not be "normal", which has been said before. all you can do is give it a try.

    It's not like if they think its nasty, gross, or even hurl, that it's gonna scar them emotionally or something. Worst case is they cant yet handle it (or maybe never will). Guts, needles, hunting,critter cleaning, fishing and medical stuff just isnt for some people, and thats the way it is. Nothing wrong with it, and it means nothing about that person, IMHO. It's kinda like some are scared of heights, crowds, etc. Some cna hack it, some just cant, and thats all there is to it.
     
  6. markw76

    markw76 Portland/Moscow on the Willamette Member

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    Let them watch, but if they need to, let them retreat too. If they need another year, they've got it. I don't know how you feel about it, but I try to have some respect for the taking of an animal's life to nourish my own. Minimal waste. Reasons why what is left behind is left behind, pass it all on so there is some context for them.
     
  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Appears to me you are resourceful, inventive and have a sense of self preservation - certainly not NORMAL by todays standards...
     
  8. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Member

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    True, but even I'll admit that stitching youself up, just to see if you can, maybe isnt the brightest way to test a theory, and to learn. I will say though, that after having closely watched as a doctor hgave me stiches many times, it sure seemed like it wasnt all that difficult or rquired much training, and it turns out I was correct on that, as I pulled it off just fine, and the scar is no worse than any other that was done by a doctor, and I did make sure to take precautions to avoid infection and such, and had no problems. Still, maybe not one of my better ideas.:D

    Jaybo. let us know what you decide, and how it turn out with the kiddies.
     
  9. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    LOL!! I could also tell stories on medical "self help" that might make you queezy! - some with the help of trained medical personnel and some not...
     
  10. Jaybo

    Jaybo Olympia Washington Member

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    After a lot of thought (not much by me) My wife has finally agreed that it will be alright if the kids watch. Both my two older boys are always interested to watch, in fact, they both asked me when I got home tonight if I had brought home a deer!!! (no luck.. sorry kiddo's but we tried!) Still have plenty of time to git r done.

    Thank you everyone for your responses. Jen didnt think that it was a fair "poll" since everyone was "just more men with guns"... but since its not just me... its all good... now we gotta get you guys to agree with other things to get her to change her mind on ;):thumbup:
     
  11. ivantherussian03

    ivantherussian03 Albany New Member

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    I have let children watch. Nobody ever freaked.
     
  12. 3 fridays

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    I let my daughter watch the field dress and skinnig at the age of 4 and at 6 she could field dress a deer by her self. Now shes 23 and is a butcher meat/cutter at Safeway. She is the best hunting buddy in the world!
     
  13. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    it is a truly sick society that can eat meat and cant believe it comes from an animal that has been killed and butchered os they can eat. by the way i just described ours.
     
  14. markw76

    markw76 Portland/Moscow on the Willamette Member

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    Not so much sick as disconnected from the real world. Which describes much of the "civilized world"...
     
  15. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    At that age boys will think it's either cool, gross, or both. Trauma comes from the context of the event. If you deliberately try to freak them out, then yeah, of course they'll freak. If you go about it in a business-as-usual manner then they will probably respond the same way.

    I never learned (except for gutting catfish). Even though it grosses me out, I regret not being taught because it's an extremely valuable skill to have. Could I do it in a survival situation? Sure. But it would take me too long and I'd F it all up and probably waste a lot of good food/skin in the process.

    Maybe one day I'll learn.
     
  16. Inspector

    Inspector Washington State Member

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    let them watch... I'd get them to help some... Dad handed my an eyball from a big buck one time.. Must have been around 1973-74 and I took it around back. Sat it on the chopping block and split it with a hatchet! I had no clue that it would pop! Sprayed clear gel all over my face:paranoid: It freaked me out for a year or two.

    Look at me now.. I'm a perfectly balanced adult with minimal issues! No... REALLY I AM!

    Since that time, I've worked with game and helped butcher cows, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. I've been able to look at each animal as a trout that needs to be cleaned.

    If put in the context that it's no different than cleaning a fish (which is true) just bigger, people can usually accept it better I think.
     
  17. davlandrum

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    If they want to watch, let them. They will walk away if it is too much. Or they will walk away when they get bored...my guys got bored after about 15 minutes. Seems they were expecting something a lot more exciting...:p
     
  18. Trick

    Trick St Helens Active Member

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    My kids have never been bothered by it. Last time I skinned one in the garage they were running around using the legs as light sabers.

    That always impresses the neighbors.
     
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  19. markw76

    markw76 Portland/Moscow on the Willamette Member

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    Oh, if only I could've done that when the kids were little, down in the Bohemian neighborhoods somewhere. All those "back to nature" types would find their limits...
     
  20. Inspector

    Inspector Washington State Member

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    Light sabers! Too funny! Do that in Seattle and you might have someone really freak out! hahahahaha