Assembly Bill 586, legislation that lowers the minimum supervised hunting age from twelve-to eight- years-old and establishes a mentored hunting program, passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 4-1. The bill is intended to remove many of the barriers that keep Wisconsin's youths from hunting and enjoying the outdoors. It allows parents, instead of the state, to determine when their children are mature enough to begin hunting under the close supervision and mentoring of an adult who meets the hunter safety education requirements.
AB 586 also allows youth 12 and older, who have not yet completed the hunter education requirement, to hunt with a mentor who is within arm's reach. This is better known as the "try it before you buy it" provision and is allowed for up to two years for each individual. The mentoring program allows these people to get out and try hunting to see if they like it enough to complete the class so that they are eventually able to hunt on their own.
AB 586 is critical to the preservation of Wisconsin's hunting heritage. Please contact your State Senator today at (608) 266-2517, or (800) 362-9472, and respectfully request that he or she support the Youth Hunting Bill, AB 586.