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Youth/Mentor Hunting Legislation Proposed in Wisconsin!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Pro-Hunting Legislation Needs Co-Sponsors!


State Representative Scott Gunderson (R-83) has introduced legislation to establish a Youth/Mentored hunting program in Wisconsin.  Currently, this legislation does not have enough co-sponsors to be enrolled as a bill to receive a hearing.  With enough co-sponsors, this legislation could get a hearing as soon as this week.  Please contact your State Assembly member and strongly encourage him or her to co-sponsor this legislation to help ensure our hunting heritage for generations to come.    

This legislation is similar to last year’s Youth/ Mentored hunting bill in that it will provide first time hunters a “try before you buy” opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course.  The bill requires a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age, and who is always within arms reach, with only one gun allowed between the two of them.  This bill will also lower the hunting age in Wisconsin from 12 to 10.  

Statistics show that states that allow hunters to start at earlier ages have a better safety record than states with higher minimum ages.  States with lower age minimums also have a higher rate of hunter participation and retention, which helps the state in wildlife conservation efforts.

Please contact your State Assembly member toll-free today at 1-800-362-9472 and respectfully urge him or her to co-sponsor this legislation to protect the future of hunting in the Badger State.

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