Wisconsin: Youth Hunting Bill Heading to Governor’s Desk for Consideration!

Posted on June 19, 2009

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Please Contact Governor Doyle Today!

On Thursday, June 18, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 167 by a voice vote.   SB167 now heads to the desk of Governor Jim Doyle (D) for his consideration.

Sponsored by State Senator Jim Holperin (D-12), SB167 would establish a mentored hunting program in the Badger State.  Similar to last year’s mentored hunting bill, it would provide first-time hunters a “try before you buy” opportunity to get the full experience of hunting before committing to a hunter education course.  SB167 would require a new hunter to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age and always within arms reach.  Only one firearm will be allowed between the two hunters.  The bill would also lower the hunting age in Wisconsin from 12 to 10 for individuals participating in the mentored hunting program.  

Statistics show that states that allow hunters to start at earlier ages have a better safety record than states with higher minimum ages.  SB167 would help ensure Wisconsin’s hunting tradition for generations to come, as states with lower age minimums also have a higher rate of hunter participation and retention, which helps the state in wildlife conservation efforts. 

Please contact Governor Doyle at 608-266-1212 and urge him to sign this important piece of legislation.  Also, please contact your State Legislators and thank them for passing SB167.  You can find your legislators contact information by clicking here.

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