Bill may eliminate minimum hunting age in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s minimum hunting age may be a thing of the past if a new bill passes. The bill was introduced by republican Rep. Joel Kleefisch and eliminates the minimum age of 10 in Wisconsin.
The state’s rules currently allow children 10 and older to hunt, but only with supervision of a mentor. One of the bigger changes with the new bill also does away with rules allowing only one weapon to be carried by the youth hunter and mentor. The new rules would allow both to carry one.
While the bill apparently has the support of assembly republicans, there are some critics of the proposed changes to the rules. Wisconsin’s Hunter Education Instructor Association is apparently opposed to the idea. They believe a second weapon will involve mentors paying less attention to the student hunter they are mentoring.
They also believe some children will be too small to handle weapons. But Kleefisch believes the rule change would offer an opportunity for a mentor to hunt while they are teaching a child to hunt.
It appears there may be some debate on this issue going forward, but at least there’s some discussion about expanding opportunities for youth hunting in a state with great hunting traditions.