WI proposal allows 10-year-olds to hunt with mentor
Wausau, Wis. (AP) – Supporters say that allowing 10-year-olds to
hunt in Wisconsin under the close supervision of an adult is a way
to preserve the state’s hunting heritage.
The state Senate takes up a bill Tuesday that would allow
10-year-olds to hunt as long as those supervising them are nearby
and only one gun is used.
The change’s prime sponsor, Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover, says
it’s a proven way to safely recruit urban and suburban youth to the
sport. Critics say lowering the minimum hunting age by two years is
an accident waiting to happen.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance says 30 states have no minimum
hunting age and 28 states, including Minnesota, have recently
created apprentice hunting licenses, similar to what’s being
proposed in Wisconsin.