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New law eliminates minimum hunting age

New law eliminates minimum hunting age”

With the Wisconsin gun deer season opener just days away, there is a new law impacting young hunters.

Four bills relating to hunting, regarding minimum hunting age, woodchucks, turkey and pheasant hunting and using a youth antlerless carcass tag, were signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on November 13. Another measure eliminates the requirement that a person be at least ten years of age to hunt under the hunting mentorship program, leaving it up to parents to decide; and further eliminates the current limit of one hunting device that a mentor and a mentee may have while hunting.

Both the adult and child are allowed to carry weapons under the new law, as long as the adult stays within arm's reach of the young hunter.

"Hunting is a special tradition here in Wisconsin, bringing together hunters from across the state and beyond and inspiring fun while also supporting our local communities", said Governor Walker.

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 vehicle seat", state representative Rob Stafsholt, the law's co-author, told a legislative committee. Mentored licenses for children under age 10 are available now through the Go Wild system.

The new law comes after two mass shootings in the last two months that shocked many in the United States, where gun violence claims the lives of an average of nearly 34,000 people a year, according to the prevention group Brady Campaign. Five weeks earlier, the nation's worst gun massacre in recent memory claimed the lives of 58 people at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.



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