marinerman, it's your continued use of the quoted word "weapon" that throws Tim off the point. He seems to think you are hunting with a checkerface framing hammer or something similar, since "weapons" should not be used to hunt with (according to Tim).
Did not know the Wisconsin rules on firearms for kids, as I don't have kids and therefore don't concern myself with it. Still, it's difficult to understand how a state could regulate the supervised use of a weapon given the amount of area in Wisconsin that is agricultural and/or rural wilderness.
It's funny how attitudes change when you are in areas of the country where a firearm, as a weapon, might be part of the daily facts of life when confronted with some surly critters that are known to be about. In Georgia it's snakes, wild hogs, coyotes (surly to livestock), and the occasional domestic critter that requires expedient dispatch. I've watched both my best friends boys handle a .22 rifle, supervised, at age 6. If needed, and occasionally it has been, either one could retrieve a weapon and load it for you. Hate to say it, but I would trust either one before I would trust many adults to perform the same chore safely.
I shot a .22 at an Illinois police rifle range as a Cub Scout at age 8. Since we were supervised by a couple of cops, I assume it was legal. Also shot one at YMCA camp in Michigan at age 10.
I'm confident a number of folks in Kentucky learned to shoot before they learned to read, and yes, I do know some of those folks are nearing retirement age.
[This post was last edited on 7/9/08 at 8:16 PM]