By Tim Kowols
A minimum age for hunters could be eliminated if the Wisconsin State Senate follows the lead of its colleagues in the Assembly. By a 57-32 vote, the Assembly voted last week to allow parents the final word on whether or not their children are ready to hunt, eliminating the current restriction of 10 years old if participating with a mentor. Dick Baudhuin of the Door County Deer Advisory Council and an organizer of the area’s Learn to Turkey Hunt program is against the measure, saying some parents look past the fact that their kid may not be mature enough to hunt regardless of age.
According to the Associated Press, proponents of the bill say the decision should be left up to the parents as Wisconsin could become the 35th state to lift the minimum age restriction.