This blog fits into the series: â€śPrepping a Girl for her First Elk Huntâ€ť.
I hunted as a kid, but the education piece was handled pretty casually. When it came time for me to prepare my daughter for her first elk hunt here in Montana I wanted to do it right. We don’t know what we don’t know. I decided to go out and find out what I didn’t know for all of us who wanted to do this as effectively as possible. Alyssa and I are learning a great deal together and hopefully you are as well. Feel free to put ideas in the comments below.
Alyssa turns 13 in a couple weeks. Sheâ€™s small for a girl her age, so we decided to go with a youth model of the CZ 550 in .308.
She is a naturally adept shooter, but I wanted her to build her confidence with the single set trigger. I donâ€™t have one on any of my rifles, but Iâ€™ve used them and seen in the field what can be done when a hunter has time and the proper position to use the single set trigger. Iâ€™m looking forward to getting her to the range with the combination of the single set trigger and the low recoil Fusion Ammunition. I feel that using low recoil ammunition with a young and small hunter will diminish the development of bad habits. Â I think she will be pleasantly surprised and be able to shoot more as she becomes comfortable with the new rifle.
Iâ€™m pretty sure we wonâ€™t be charged by an elk. But in this situation I wanted the Mauser style extractor. Alyssa is a very enthusiastic hunter, but she also loves animals very much. If she needs to take a follow up shot on her spike or cow, I want to know that it is available. With a young hunter, in my opinion especially a girl, the idea of wounding and losing and animal could sour them long term.
Dave Tobel manages the gun counter at Capital Sports and spent a little time answering a few of Alyssaâ€™s questions.
Yes, I did make her do my job again in this video: