Help a gal with thinking about equipment
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me think through getting some gear. I have a family - husband and three girls ages 5-9. We are total novices but we'd like to get into squirrel hunting as a family (maybe eventually other kinds of hunting). I'm trying to figure out how to outfit all of us with the right things. Hubby I'll leave to figure it out on his own, but I have the following ideas about me and the kids:
The girls are really interested in bowhunting squirrel. We have a nice, long side alley where we can set up a target for them to practice - it's not real long but it will be good enough for now. Only the oldest girl has taken an archery class, and she's the most interested, so I'm inclined to get her a real starter bow. I'm balking at buying a real bow like the Genesis for all three because, ack, $$$. Are there bows for younger kids that are cheaper that would make good starter bows, to try it to see if they like it (they have drawn a bow before, just not done any amount of real shooting). I'm waffling, because I want them all to feel like we take it seriously that they learn, but, boy, $$$. I want them to learn firearms safety, too, and was thinking about buying an inexpensive Daisy BB gun for them to practice with and to teach them safety rules. Any recommendations for a BB? The Daisy is very accessible at the local KMart. Again, with this, we can use the side alley for target practice. If they show interest in a rifle, maybe I'd get the oldest girl a rifle later when she's hunting age.
For me, I have only had experience shooting at a BOW workshop. It was great and I was surprised to find I liked shooting and was fairly decent at rifle, though I liked shotgun more. I waffle about rifle vs. shotgun, leaning towards shotgun. I have eye dominance issues, though being left-handed but right eye dominant). When I shot at BOW, I shot right-handed for shotgun and that worked OK. I'm nervous about getting a right-handed gun knowing I'll be using a left-handed bow and, possibly, a left-handed rifle, though. Any thoughts? Does anyone else cross hands like this with different equipment? I like pump action and have thought about the Remington 870 because it's an easy gun to find and, on sale, relatively inexpensive. For a bow, I'll just go an talk to the archery store people.
I would love any feedback and ideas. And encouragement because this is all totally new to this city girl!