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Kids as Young as 4 are Harvesting Pennsylvania Deer, Age Limit Could See Change

The age limit for hunting in Pennsylvania will see change if the Board of Game Commissioners proposed alteration is approved. 

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has proposed lowering the age limit for hunting deer and turkeys to seven.

According to a report put out by the Game Commission, last season three 4-year-olds and one 99-year-old woman each harvested a deer in the 2013-2014 season.

Since 2006 the Keystone State has allowed children under 12 to participate in their hunting youth program under the direct supervision of an adult, causing many to question the need to change the age limit for hunting.

The proposed change to the age limit for hunting would still permit children under 12 to hunt deer and turkeys, but you must be at least seven to have hunting tags.

Some hunters and hunter organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, feel there should be no age limit for hunting as it sets a unnecessary barrier to hunting. Conversely, other hunters believe nobody under 12 shout be allowed to hunt at all in Pennsylvania.

Kids as Young as 4 are Harvesting Pennsylvania Deer, Age Limit Could See Change