Assembly Republicans push to eliminate minimum hunting age in Wisconsin

MADISON — Assembly Republicans are pushing to eliminate the minimum hunting age in Wisconsin.

Currently children as young as 10 can hunt with a mentor. But the mentor and student can have only one weapon between them.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch has introduced a bill doing away with the minimum age limit and allowing both the mentor and the student to have a weapon.

Kleefisch told the Assembly natural resources committee that the bill allows parents to decide whether their child can hunt and allows mentors to teach and hunt at the same time.

The Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor Association opposes the legislation, saying children are often too small to handle guns and two weapons will result in a mentor paying more attention to his own hunt than his student.