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Attention Badger State Hunters: Mentored Hunting Bill Needs Your Help!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Please Contact Your State Senator Today!

Senate Bill 529, a top legislative priority for NRA-ILA, would establish a mentored hunting program in the Badger State.

Sponsored by State Senator Robert Wirch (D-22), this legislation is similar to last year’s mentored hunting bill in that it would provide first-time hunters a “try before you buy” opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course.  SB529 would require a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age, who is always within arms reach and only one firearm will be allowed between the two of them.  This bill will also lower the hunting age in Wisconsin from 12 to 10 for individuals participating in the mentored hunting program.  

Statistics show that states that allow hunters to start at earlier ages have a better safety record than states with higher minimum ages.  SB529 would ensure Wisconsin’s hunting tradition for generations to come, as states with lower age minimums also have a higher rate of hunter participation and retention, which helps the state in wildlife conservation efforts.

This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative, a cooperative effort between NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. 

SB529 is waiting to be heard by the Senate.  Please contact your State Senator TODAY at (800) 362-9472 and respectfully urge him or her to vote “yes” on this important pro-hunting bill.  If you need help identifying your State Senator, please click

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.