It is the generation of instant gratification. That's what is wrong with society.
Originally Posted by RB-HPA
Although the first xbow I bought was for my kid because I wanted him to have some punch when he shot, the day we got it and started using it and stacking bolts.
Let's look at some examples aside from hunting and try to tie this together.
The majority of people don't go out and buy some expensive hot car for their first car, do they? They work hard, save money, and each new car they graduate to seems to be an improvement in some way.
How about homes? Your first home might be a small one bedroom apartment. You don't go and buy some million dollar home immediately, do you? You have to work hard, earn money, save money, and take years to get to purchase an amazing home.
How about your career? You don't start out at the top of the totem pole managing the company. You begin at the bottom, work hard, earn money, PUT YOUR TIME IN, and work your way to the top.
How about your hunting gear? A lot of us started out with boots that weren't waterproof, no treestand, no carbon suits, no expensive gear. We got out because we enjoyed the sport. We were into the sport, NOT the weapon.
I started off shooting a shotgun with slugs for my first deer. Then I graduated to a bow that had no sights. It was 30 lbs and I killed deer with it. My passion to hunt kept me going, not the weapon. The farthest deer I killed with it was 15 yards. I didn't shoot a weapon with a PUNCH. My passion for hunting had the punch to keep me going, not the weapon.
Why should we introduce children to the Cadillac of weapons legal in the early archery season immediately? Oh yea...like I said before. The generation of instant gratification.
Do you feel your kids will lose the passion to hunt if they had to use a 30 lb bow and shoot thousands of shots to hit a pie plate before the season?
For me it's not about the kill, or the weapon. It's about the preparation. I love the dedication required to scout, hang stands, cut shooting lanes, shoot a vertical bow, keep muscles strong enough to pull 70 lbs, maintain positive relationships with landowners, etc...
That's just me. I wasn't brought into hunting with this instant gratification Cadillac of weapons.
Good luck to all. If I needed a certain weapon to keep me interested in hunting, I would be hunting for the wrong reason.