All my kids started hunting with me when they were 3. We start working on gun safety early also, but they don't start shooting until they are physically ready. My middle son is about to turn and loves shooting the little 20 gauge we have. That being said the first spilt was beyond slow, second split opener brought a few more birds and a drake dos gris landed right in the dekes. He put it down with one shot! A little while later two greys came in and he shot them both with one shot! He thinks hes the greatest duck hunter ever!