Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Huntsville/Arab alabama
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How old were you when?
I'm curious as to what is “normal” as far as how old you were when you started driving a tractor or truck or shooting a gun etc. I am not talking about riding in Daddy's lap I'm talking about actually operating the tractor/truck, etc.
I was 4-1/2 the first time they put me on the 1947 John Deere A hand clutch and turned me loose pulling the wagon while Dad loaded square hay. He had to run and catch the tractor and help me turn around at each end of the field but I would hold it between the bales from one end to the other. By the time I was 6 I was plowing, discing, raking, mowing, etc, by age 8 I would get off the school bus and start plowing or mowing hay or what not and get a couple hour head start on Dad before he got home from work. During my teenage years Dad would commonly say that I was a much better tractor operator at age 5 then I was now.
When I tell folks these things they look at me like I am crazy and/or roll their eyes, including my wife. I know its true and have the pictures to prove it.
I am curious as to the real experiences of other folks???
Here is my list;
Hand clutch tractors = 4
Dirt bike motorcycles = 5
Old car, off road only= 8
First gun that I kept in my room = 8
Hunting alone = 8
Honda 360 street bike = 14 (laws)
Pickup Truck on the road = 16 (laws)
First handgun = 21 (laws)
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