ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) - The first annual DNR Hunting Heritage Conference kicked off tonight in Rothschild.
About 100 hunting advocates are attending. The conference focuses on how to encourage more young people to hunt.
Matt Frank/DNR Secretary: "We're looking forward to sharing ideas and looking at how we can grow this great tradition in the future. As you look at the future, we know that we want to bring more young people in. We want to broaden it, so it's rural kids, urban kids, all ethnic backgrounds."
The DNR hopes to get feedback on its Learn to Hunt Program.
It allows hunters as young as ten and eleven years old the chance to learn from an experienced hunter as long as they're within arm's length of each other and use one firearm.
Supporters say the program ensures young people take up hunting.
But critics say 10 and 11 year-olds can't handle guns safely and someone could get hurt.