Michigan Parents Decide When Kids are Ready to Hunt
Michigan is losing adult hunters by large numbers. They are trying to introduce youth hunters, currently a youth has to be 10 to get a hunting license, and 12 to hunt with a firearm. With the proposed House Bill 4371, and Senate Bill 207 that outlines the youth mentor hunting program, parents would be able to determine when their child is ready to obtain a hunting license. With the program they would need a mentor at least 21 years of age to go with them. "We need to do everything we can to get the kids interested in hunting and get them into it, and maybe starting at a little younger age will help do that."
One advocate says he wishes this was available when he was a youth, as it would've kept him out of trouble. Other hunters say they loved being able to go out with their family hunting. By opening up the door for youth hunters the state is hoping to increase their hunters for the long run. It will help get youths out and excited about something. The new license would include a resident small-game license, combination deer license, all-species fishing license, spring and fall turkey-hunting licenses, and a resident fur-harvester license. From Livingston Daily.