Madison – Today Wisconsin Hunters and young people got a big win as Governor Doyle signed the “Youth Mentored Hunting” Bill. This new law creates a new mentored hunting program for apprentices as young as 10 years old. The bill was authored by Senator Jim Holperin and Representatives Ann Hraychuck and Scott Gunderson, together with dozens of co-sponsors.
“The Hunters Rights Coalition was formed around this issue. We know that if hunters stick together we can accomplish a lot for the future of our sport. We are thrilled to see this important proposal advance,” said Carl Schoettel, Vice President of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association.
“Wisconsin has become the 28th state to pass a law reducing barriers to hunting since 2004,” said Rob Sexton, Vice-President of US Sportsmen’s Alliance. “It’s great to see Wisconsin providing more hunting opportunities.”
“Over 280,000 new hunters have been added across the country by initiatives like this,” said Greg Kazmierski, Chairman of the Dairyland Committee for Wisconsin’s Safari Club International. “This proposal creates a safe way for youth or adults to experience hunting with a mentor before going through the necessary training to be able to hunt on their own.”
The bill does NOT lower the hunting age for hunting without adult supervision, nor does it change the requirement for hunter safety education. The bill also makes legal the common practice of children under 12 being able to target practice with their parents.
Dean Hamilton, President of the State Chapter of NWTF said, “We have made passage of a mentored hunting bill our top priority because we know that our future as hunters is dependent on getting these kids out into the woods before they get hooked on video games or TV.”
The Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition was originally formed in 2005 to bring together sporting groups that were committed to preserving our hunting heritage.
For more information contact our representative: Bob Welch