December 26, 2006
Discussion Topic: Who's Old Enough to Hunt?
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From Kentucky's News-Democrat & Leader:
Young hunters in the Bluegrass State are the most recent to benefit from the Families Afield program after the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission passed two measures to open doors for young hunters.
The first measure establishes a one-year, non-renewable exemption from hunter education classes when the novice hunter is accompanied by an adult mentor. The mentor must be a licensed hunter at least 18 years old. The second measure raises the age at which young hunters must take a hunter education course prior to hunting from 10 to 12 years old.
Families Afield legislation is creating new opportunities for young hunters in several states, including Michigan and Ohio, where more than 27,000 apprentice licenses have been sold. Part of the mission is to let parents--as opposed to states--decide when a youngster is old enough to hunt.
Do you think this is a good idea? How old were you when you started hunting? Do you think you could have safely started earlier? At what age will your kids be old enough to hunt?