Proposal To Allow Any Age For Mentored Hunting

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There may soon be more young hunters out in the woods in the state of Wisconsin. Today, the State Assembly is considering a bill letting hunters of any age participate in a mentored hunt. Fox 25/48’s Jessica Bringe has more.

Anyone of any age could soon legally take up hunting in the state of Wisconsin.

“As far as carrying a gun, older is better.”

A republican bill would allow anyone of any age to participate in a mentored hunt, which republicans say will allow parents to determine when their children are able to handle the responsibility of hunting.

“This notion that we have to have the state determine for the parents when their kids are both physically and mentally capable of becoming a hunter just doesn’t make any sense to me.”

However, democrats argue the current regulations are there to protect children and other hunters.

“People don’t understand the gravity of life and death until a much older age and that’s the reason you’ve got a mentor with someone who is age ten right now because it’s so important to keep everyone safe.”

The measure would also wipe out the requirement that only allows one weapon between a hunter and mentor. Democrats say removing that could be hazardous and even fatal.

“Adding a gun adds a level of excitement for children that gets them distracted and keeps them from thinking as clearly about what they’re supposed to be learning.”

But republicans say the law will actually give parents opportunities to begin educating their children on gun safety earlier, which could in turn prevent tragic accidents.

“The more kids that understand how guns work, understand how to safely handle them, how to safely check them to make sure they’re unloaded, the less likely an accident is going to happen when that same gun is sitting on the table at home.”

In Eau Claire, Jessica Bringe, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

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