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Walker eliminates Wisconsin’s minimum hunting age

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that eliminates a minimum-age requirement to hunt in Wisconsin.

The bill allows a person of any age to take part in a hunt with a mentor. The law had previously required a child to be at least 10-years-old to take part in these types of hunts.

Walker signed the bill on Saturday, exactly one week before the state’s gun deer hunting season kicks off.

Wisconsin is now the 35th states to have no minimum hunting age. The bill also permits hunters and mentors to have more than one weapon between them.

Opponents had argued that lowering the minimum hunting age was unsafe. Backers said parents should be empowered to decide when their children are ready to hunt.

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