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A Wisconsin resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a gun. However, until now children as young as 10 could participate in a mentored hunt. That program allows the child to hunt with a mentor who is at least 18 and has gone through a hunter safety course or had military training if they’re younger than 44. The mentor and student could have only one gun between them, and they had to stay within arm’s reach of one another. The new law allows children of any age to participate in a mentored hunt and allows mentor and student to each carry a weapon.
Thirty-four other states have no minimum hunting age. Several groups, including Whitetails Unlimited and the National Rifle Association, registered in favor of the Wisconsin bill. The proposal generated fierce opposition from minority Democrats and child safety advocates. Republicans pushed ahead anyway, saying parents should be allowed to decide whether their children are ready to kill an animal and that the measure will attract more children to hunting.
originally posted by: Cygnis
This isn't a new law, it is a revision to the hunting laws in Wisconsin.
It allows children of any age to go hunting with a licenced parent.
I don't think this is a terribly bad thing. Up until the mass influx of gun laws, Dad's would often take their boys with them hunting.
This doesn't mean children will be running around with guns at home, or out with their friends. This means Dads and their sons will be out deer hunting in the woods, teaching their boys valuable lessons many don't get to learn until later.
originally posted by: ZeroFurrbone
Apparently any child under 10 can carry and shoot with their own gun now.
Someone should make a better thread than me since i don't know where to find a good source that will be considered "true"
But at the end, can you really let 5-6 year old girls and boys hunting? What is next? A baby with a pistol?
I never understood hunting or shooting living things for fun, and really despise how some parents want to teach their kids to kill, but there at least should be some age limit so the kids to actually understand what they are doing.
originally posted by: Lurker1
Kids in the age range cited should not be handling firearms.
I never understood hunting or shooting living things for fun, and really despise how some parents want to teach their kids to kill