Coming soon to a hamlet near you: Armed 8-year-olds
Concerned that hunting is waning as a sport, Wisconsin state Rep. Scott Gunderson has authored a bill that would make it legal for 8- to 11-year-olds to hunt provided an "adult mentor" was within arms' reach. The Chetek Alert has an analysis of the proposal.
Gunderson says that Wisconsin needs to do something about increasing the number of new hunters, and studies have shown that if a child does not pick up an activity by the age of 12 or 13, they probably won't ever pick it up.
"There's a lot of things pulling at kids these days," explains Gunderson. "Sports, television, video games, all this stuff. We've got to get kids into the outdoors.
"I know there's a lot of people who are concerned, but a lot of us who have grown up with firearms were shooting at that age anyway," continues Gunderson. "We're just making it legal for them to enjoy it. I mean, under current law they can't even shoot targets. A 10-year-old has to leave the state in order to shoot trap? That's silly."
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