For example, the beautiful state of Montana currently requires children to be at least 12 before they can start legally hunting. Sadly, a lot of potential hunters will be lost by the time they reach this age and many will never develop a true love for the outdoors. At around six years old, my son was already squirrel hunting and developing into an accomplished hunter. A few years later, he was able to tag his first deer and longbeard turkey at the tender age of nine. The time we've spent together in the woods is priceless and has had an overwhelming impact on both of our lives. My boy is a straight A student and basketball player who lives to hunt and fish. I even reward him with hunting trips for his all "A" average and other accomplishments. Without question, hunting has been an invaluable parenting tool and is directly responsible for keeping my child far away from negative influences.