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Assembly to consider allowing 10-year-olds to hunt

MADISON (AP) -- Children as young as 10 would be allowed to go hunting with an adult under a bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature.

The state Assembly is expected to pass the bill Thursday. Supporters say it's critical to preserving the state's hunting culture. It has already passed the Senate.

The Department of Natural Resources estimates that 9,200 more youngsters would get hunting licenses every year under the change.

The kids would be allowed to go hunting with an adult as long as they have only one firearm or crossbow between them and stay within arm's reach.

Current law allows 12-year-olds to hunt with adult supervision if they have passed a safety training course.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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