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Hello all,

Over the past year my daughter has expressed an interest in hunting this fall. I'm not sure she is ready yet, (she's only 8) but I am going to at least bring her with me a couple of times. Here is my issue. I am trying to teach her to shoot a crossbow I have. It has a scope and is perfectly on, but she can't seem to hit it. I have her shooting off of sticks in a seated position and the target isn't more than 8 yards away.

Any hints or other ideas to get her to shoot better? I have been using the practice makes perfect scenario, but she get frustrated and gives up. I don't want to push her too hard as she is likely to throw her hands up. Help please.

Sorry I posted in the wrong forum first.
 

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My brother and cousins crossbows have a pretty stiff trigger so that could be a problem. Now I am not a crossbow hunter, but my daughter (age 8) has been shooting a scoped 22 and bb gun for 3 years. She used to have to use 2 fingers just to pull the trigger and it will cause great problems with accuracy. Maybe if the trigger on crossbow is a little stiff you could see how her accuracy is with a scoped 22 or bb gun with a lighter trigger pull/ Also ear plugs since kids flinch at just about anything even though a crossbow is very quiet. Just a thought since I have been thinking of getting the kids a crossbow also.
 

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She is typically high on every shot. I figured out she was using the incorrect line but now she seems to be inconsistent high vs low. She is very rarely right or left but we have had a couple of rump shots.

My fear with her is a spine shot. I don't want to have to finish one in front of her while it is suffering. I know she won't like that at all, and I might lose her for good.
 

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I would go with a bb gun for a while. Get a large box and see where she is hitting and if it's consistent. When she becomes consistent, then move up to the crossbow.
 

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Personally I feel she is not ready if she is having problems at a close distance. I think her nerves will probably get the best of her as well so if she is shooting high already she might miss or worse. Keep her practicing but only when she wants. Do not push her like you already know, keep it up things should get better
 

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The above advice is spot on. I would also start her shooting on a bench that has a pretty good rest or sandbags with the gun or crossbow. This will help her to hold steady easier than using shooting sticks. It will also let her concentrate on her breathing, squeezing the trigger and following thru on the shot. Most importantly this will help her build confidence in herself and will make it fun since she will be hitting what she is aiming at.
 
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