A law signed last week by Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate the threshold age to hunt has produced results for mentored hunters.
As reported by Green Bay’s Local 5 News, six-year-old Reece Krantz of Lancaster bagged his first buck while out hunting with his father as a result of the new law.
“There is a lot of backlash and typically it is the people that don’t understand hunting,” said Joe Krantz, the youth’s father. “We just wanted the freedom to make the choice ourselves.”
Classified as a “youth mentored hunting bill” by its sponsor, Assembly Bill 455 passed the legislature earlier this month by healthy margins and removed the requirement that a person is at least 10 years old to participate in a hunting mentorship program, leaving it up to parents to decide the budding sportsman’s minimum age. The state joined 34 others that have no minimum age mandate.
As noted by Local 5, conservation officials saw numerous other instances of now-legal deer hunters in the woods and reported no accidents involving youth.
“The young new hunters actually tend to be the safer of our hunters because that safety issue is paramount in their minds all the time,” said Jeff Pritzl of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.