Many states today offer a youth mentored program that allows young hunters to get out early. It's a great program which has been very successful. And let's not forget those who are not children. Many adults have an interest but lack the resources and guidance to get started hunting. A little bit of time and encouragement goes a long way.
Growing up in an outdoors family we were introduced to hunting and fishing very early in life. In fact as early as I can remember. The difference back then was we couldn't actually hunt until we reached a certain age. I can't tell you how many times I watched my dad shoot a deer, grouse, goose, duck, or rabbit, and was just chomping at the bit waiting for my turn. Especially the deer hunting.
I look back at those times and realize that, because of dad, numerous people were introduced to hunting. From him, to me, to a lot of friends of mine that had never hunter, to their friends and family that they introduced. It's pretty amazing really that one person can have such a lasting impact.
Good for you Mitch for passing along your knowledge and appreciation of the sport.
What you do in the dark will someday come to light.