New to Hunting? Walmart's Woman-Friendly Customer Service Put Me At Ease

I grew up in a hunting home.  I watched my Dad bring home several deer, enjoyed the meats we had processed at our local butcher, and understood that hunting could supplement the family food pantry and create great memories for kids and parents.

Now, as a parent, I want hunting to be important to my kids.  One way I can do that is to learn the basics of hunting and gun safety.  To do that, however, I felt it necessary to have my own gun.  I had never owned a gun before, and was really nervous about buying one.  My husband took me to my local Walmart to pick one out, and I went through the process of buying one.

Here's how it went....

First, I picked out the hunting rifle I wanted.  Walmart had a pretty decent selection, considering that there have been times in the past few months that the demand for rifles has left inventory low.  Here are a few photos of some of the rifles on display in the case, all marked clearly with the prices (which were very competitive!)

Then, I showed my ID and started the background check.  It was an easy process, all done on screens right there at the register.  It took about 20 minutes for the manager to get the OK on my check, and I was able to purchase my gun.  The manager carried the gun for me to the entrance of the store, and then, it was mine!

My husband was with me, but not one time did the associates act like it wasn't me who was the customer (except for when it came time to take the gun to the front; I think they assumed it was my husband making the purchase.)

Since I'm pregnant, I haven't had the chance to learn to shoot and practice.  My goal, however, is to recover from baby, and take some classes with my teen daughter and oldest son so that they can learn safe and responsible rifle-handling along with me.  I think that it's my job as a parent not to leave all things to my husband; I do, after all, have a duty to supervise and teach my kids.  How else can I model good hunting practices if I don't know them myself?  (I really like how Jenn of Frugal Upstate took initiative with showing her daughter how to use a gun safely.)

While my intent is to be up on proper hunting practices, I also like that I can protect my backyard flock and farm animals from predators, if needed.  I will likely be having my husband help me with learning the ins and outs of this perk of having a good hunting rifle.

So, what can you do if you want to get started hunting or equipping your family with hunting supplies that won't blow your budget?  Walmart is currently having a great sale, now through October 15th.  Since it's hunting season all over the country, this is a good time to save.

Does your family hunt?  As a woman, do you wish you could be more involved in the family hunting traditions?  Check out Lori Falcon's post on hunting to see how a Texan does it, and be sure to check out the deals at Walmart during this year's hunting season.  (They even ad match local hunting and sports retailers!)

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.