This is the second season taking my grandson along. He's now six. He is super interested in going, and is always asking me if its squirrel season. We keep it fun. We take hot chocolate along, and always snacks and treats. When he says he's ready to go, we go. We haven't actually killed anything yet, mostly because he can't sit still or consistently keep quiet, but I noticed a huge improvement this season from last. I still think he might be a couple seasons away from carrying a rifle himself, but we got a Cricket to start learning safety and handling. I remember a squirrel hunt with my daughter. It was a beautiful fall day. We killed a couple early, but spent the rest of the morning floating leaves down the creek. Was it what I had planned? Of course not, but she still talks about that day with great memories.
I used to be friends with a guy who really likes to hunt and fish. He was so excited when his son got old enough to go with him. Problem was, he forgot to make it all about the kid. He made the kid sit on the bank and watch him fish after the kid lost interest. He made the Mom drive an hour one deer opener to pick up the son because he was cold, and the Dad refused to leave the woods. It became unpleasant and stressful, and its no surprise that the boy no longer wants to do either activity with his Dad. Dedication will come later; its gotta be enjoyable it ya want the kid to stay interested.
If you're having trouble hunting for deer,
don't wish things were easier;
wish you were smarter.