Wisconsin allowing 10-year-old hunters
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s new 10-year-old hunting age takes effect Tuesday.
The minimum age for hunters in the state until now has been 12. But Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill this month that allows 10-year-olds to hunt with a mentor.
The new age goes into effect Sept. 1 - the same day the Canadian geese and mourning dove seasons open. Ten-year-olds also will be able to shoot coyotes, skunks and weasels. It’s open season on those animals year round.
Supporters say the new hunting age will ensure young people take up hunting and preserve Wisconsin’s outdoor traditions. Critics say 10-year-olds can’t handle guns safely and someone inevitably will get hurt.