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DNR Member Finds Minimum Hunting Age Embarrassing
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 -- 7:07 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


A member of the state Department of Natural Resources board says it's embarrassing that children under a year old were allowed to buy hunting licenses this year.

According the Associated Press, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill just ahead of the nine-day gun season last month that eliminated the 10-year-old minimum age for participating in a mentored hunt, essentially eliminating the state's minimum hunting age. The DNR sold 1,814 mentored hunt licenses heading into the nine-day season to children nine years old or younger, including 10 licenses to children under a year.

DNR Board member Fredrick Prehn said during a review of the season Tuesday that the license sales to infants generated national media attention that he found "rather embarrassing." DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller told Prehn that the law clearly allows infants to purchase licenses. Walker appointed Prehn to the board in 2015.


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