AB 411. Eliminating the age requirement for hunting
Many more groups to add: the Families Afield Coalition, which consists of the previously mentioned Sportsmen's Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation, NWTF, NRA, and Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
In Wisconsin it is supported by Wisconsin Bear Hunters, all Chapters of Safari Club International, and the Wisconsin Bowhunters.
I agree whole heartily with your concerns.
Maybe I am living in the past, but I look at it this way.
Taking the youth small game hunting, especially for rabbit and squirrel, with rimfire .22 are the best way to begin the exposure, education and recruitment process. It gets them in the woods, and I remember I was just as proud of my first squirrels and rabbits as I was of my first deer.
I took that as you imply that people hunt with big bore weapons. But we all know that is not the case; the unfortunate reality is that there are a large number of morons hunting deer with .223
I can't go up north before gun season without seeing at least a handful of turds sighting in their ARs. My assumption is that if those idiots are planning on hunting with those things, they are probably teaching their kids to hunt with them to.
Or was your comment meant to imply that you think hunting deer with a caliber that can actually down a deer in 1 shot 1 kill fashion wrong?
Maybe you lost me.
I don't think we should assume any hunters are using a larger caliber, or higher power round when hunting.
We all know there are doofs out there taking shots with .223 who don't know why their deer are taking off running to hide, and die in a swamp.
I see a difference between the requirements for someone small game hunting with a .22 or .410, or big game hunting with archery equipment. In these situations I can understand and accept a different minimum requirement for age and/or how the mentor program would work.
I also do believe a higher more restrictive standard should exist for big game hunting with a large bore rifle.