I was 15, that was the minimum hunting age for big game in CO back then.....in 1980. Oh how equipment has changed since then. I just wish I had started archery at the same time. But being LH and that 32 1/2" draw thing was a real hindrance back then.
14, that was the legal age in Colorado when I was growing up. The good old days when me and my dad would be the only ones back in there because most guys were too scared to venture that far back. There were no gps units and only a few people had cell phones. I remember people always asking why we would go so far for an elk.
Started hunting groundhogs and squirrels when I was 8 or 9. Legally started hunting deer and small game in PA at 12. Went on my first elk backpack hunt, a weeklong spike camp, at 24. Been on two non-backpack cabin based elk hunts since then. As I've grown older, backpacking has rapidly lost the whole romantic wanderlust appeal I initially had for it. I occasionally employ backpacking to get in deep here in the PA Wilds and will backpack again for elk if the circumstances dictate, but anymore to me it's a means to an end, not some badge of honor. I love camping but really prefer to do it more comfortably out of a truck or my favorite, a canoe, if possible.
Took hunters safety at 14. Went on hiatus for 23 years. Started hunting at 37. Did my first backpack hunt at 42. Just turned 50, and wishing that 23-year hiatus never happened! Like the old Nike commercial - Just Do It!
I did my first backpack hunt while living in CO at 21. I also killed my first elk that year. Im 28 now and make at least two big trips a year plus hunting the best "backcountry" Texas has to offer. Hope to move back one day.
51 actually back packing in, but was truck camping going in a fair ways every day before that. Actually kind of easier on us back packing now, not wearing ourselves out everyday hiking in and out. We don't pack in real far, just camp just short of where we start seeing elk.
My first backpack hunt was for Dall sheep at age 41 and have been mountain hunting every year since. Prior to my first backpack hunt, my favorite way to hunt was float hunting. I haven't been on a float hunt since 2011. Man, I sure hope to still be doing this 20 years from now, but anything can happen and just being alive 20 years from now sounds like a good goal.
I started backpack fishing in the Frank Church at 10 yrs old with my dad. We took binos the next year to look for animals. My dad was blown away by they number and size of the mulies in there. That was in 1988, we backpack hunted in the Frank for many years and did well until the last ten years or so, hunter pressure increased dramatically. Now we backpack hunt several different areas across the state depending on which areas turn up nice bucks or bulls during summer scouting. Hope I get to continue for many more years.