On Wednesday, January 30, Assembly Bill 672, sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Gunderson (R-83), passed the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources by an 11-2 vote. AB672 would establish a Youth/Mentored hunting program in the Badger State. It now moves forward for consideration by the whole Assembly.
AB672 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 for youth participating in the mentored hunting program.
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. AB672 is part of the Families Afield Initiative that is a cooperative effort between NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Please contact your State Assembly member toll-free today at 1-800-362-9472 and respectfully urge him or her to support AB672 to ensure Wisconsin’s hunting heritage.