The legal hunting age in Idaho is currently 12, but the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking to lower it to ten.
According to an AP article on FOXNews.com, the change would still maintain the requirement to be accompanied by an adult for 10- and 11-year-olds, but would give them an opportunity to go after some of the famous big game that Idaho is known for.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department would need their proposal to go through the state Legislature, but feels that it should be the parents’ call on how young a child can begin to hunt.
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As a contrast, Idaho’s fishing age doesn’t have a limit, but calls for nonresidents to be accompanied by an adult with a fishing license if they are under 14. If the legal hunting age in Idaho changes to ten, it will join many other states with the same requirement. Some states have no restrictions on age, but require additional criteria, such as the accompaniment of a legal adult along with hunter safety courses.