Wisconsin Hunting Age Removal

Scott Gerrits

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Recently, the Wisconsin Senate announced that they plan to rid the state of the 10-year-old minimum hunting age requirement.

On Nov. 3, the Senate announced that Wisconsin is getting rid of the age limit causing many mixed reactions from across the state.

 Every child and mentor must have a license with no exceptions. Both child and mentor hunter may each have a weapon between them. As far as the rest of the hunting rules go, the Department of Natural Resources is keeping them the same.

With Wisconsin now classified an age-free state, local hunter and business owners are looking at the benefits of the bill. Since the bill allows anyone to have a license and hunt at any age, some local hunters agree that the bill is beneficial because it will encourage kids age nine and younger to start hunting.

 “I think this is a great way for kids to get into something fun like hunting, rather than have them get into drugs or something equally as bad,” said Logan Grzywacz, Senior.

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Wisconsin Senate approved the bill to remove the hunting age from Wisconsin. The major concern was what younger hunters could face out in the woods.

 Wisconsin citizens are skeptical about this new no age hunting bill being passed. Accidents cause a sense of fear about the new bill because inexperienced younger hunters are more likely to have an accident.

 “Giving a child a gun is like putting two people in a locked room,”  said a a student who asked not to be named. “They are both going to try and assert themselves and then someone is going to end up getting severely hurt. With the increase of gun violence and the influence of drugs on the rise, this does not help.”

Making the bill final, Governor Scott Walker signed it Nov. 13 eliminating the hunting age in the state of Wisconsin. This bill made Wisconsin the 35th state not to have a minimum hunting age.    

 After the nine day gun hunting season which ended Sunday, Nov. 26, the DNR released data showing an upward tick in the number of youth licenses sold, but an overall decrease in all licenses sold. Specifically, 1011 licenses were sold to 9-year-olds, 52 went to five-year-olds and 10 went the children under one year old, as reported by the Associated Press.

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Wisconsin Hunting Age Removal