DNR ready for hunters under age 10

Marco Green
November 14, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is ready, for a change in state law that eliminates the state's minimum hunting age.

Passed in time for opening of gun deer season on November 18, Assembly Bill 455, allows children 9 and younger to hunt, leaving it up to parents to decide how young their hunters should be under the hunting mentorship program.

Dozens of states do not bar young children from hunting with adult supervision.

Until this new law, a child had to be at least ten years old.

The first bill restores a prohibition revoked earlier this year, which eliminated deer carcass tags from being required under law and thereby re-legalized the harvest of antlerless deer by adults using a youth antlerless deer hunting license under group hunting circumstances.

The bill, which passed the state legislature on strong Republican support, was also backed by the National Rifle Association.

"I have a 14-year-old daughter that has been going on hunting trips with me since she was in a auto seat", state representative Rob Stafsholt, the law's co-author, told a legislative committee. The new law replaces previous legislation that allowed only one firearm between the adult and child over the age of 10.

"If you sit in a booster seat on the way to the hunt, you probably shouldn't be handed a gun when you get there", said gun control advocacy group Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.

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