New Rules Allow Children as Young as 10 to Hunt in Minnesota

Children as young as 10 years old can participate in Minnesota's deer hunt this year.

New rules allow children age 10 and older to hunt big game without passing a firearms safety course. Previously, children had to be at least 12.

Studies show fewer people are hunting, and Minnesota lowered its minimum age to try to attract more hunters.

Ten-year-old Kerrick Schindler of Eden Prairie says he can't wait to join in the hunt that starts Saturday. His father, Brock Schindler, says he thinks its fine for 10-year-old children to hunt as long as they are supervised properly.

The law requires parents to be licensed to hunt and within an arm's length of their children when hunting.

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  • by Jesse Location: MSFD on Nov 10, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    There s nothing wrong at all with a 10 year old hunter, there is something wrong with an untrained 10 year old hunter. I also agree with Scott W. Anyone under 21 getting a license should take the course.
  • by Steve Location: Fall Creek on Nov 10, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    Did you know that Wisconsin is one of the few sates that actually has a minimum age to hunt? Also, very few of the hunting accidents that occur involve this younger age group. This new law in MN requires the adult or parent to be "at arms length" so it's not going to be a case where they are out in the woods alone. I do agree that they should be required to take a hunter's safety course though.
  • by Penelope Location: Bruce on Nov 9, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    That is just dumb. A ten year old kid with a gun and no safety course is just asking for trouble.
  • by Scott W Location: Eau Claire on Nov 9, 2008 at 02:16 AM
    While I do think it is fine for them to be hunting at 10, (I was at 7) I do think anyone under 21 should be required to take the course. Lets face it, parents of today suck at their jobs as parents, 30 years ago you parents taught you how to use AND respect a weapon, now most teach them how it works and that is it.
  • by Tyler Location: osseo on Nov 8, 2008 at 09:01 PM
    THAT is that dumbest things ever to do!!!!!! minnesota dumb.!!!!!!
  • by Casey Location: Menomonie on Nov 8, 2008 at 04:55 PM
    Oh good, lets see how many children accidentally shoot something other then a deer his year. I would be fine with this but no saftey course required???? Glad I live in Wisconsin!
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