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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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