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Wisconsin's Youth Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Moves to Assembly

Friday, June 12, 2009

On Tuesday, June 9 the State Senate passed Senate Bill 167 by a vote of 27 to 6.  The bill now heads to the Assembly where it awaits committee assignment.

Sponsored by State Senator Jim Holperin (D-12), SB167 would establish a mentored hunting program in the Badger State.  Similar to last year’s mentored hunting bill, 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.  SB167 would require a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age and always within arms reach.  Only one firearm will be allowed between the two hunters.  The bill would 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.  SB167 would help 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. 

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