Lawmakers in Michigan have passed House Bill 5711 and it will be on the governor’s desk for a signature soon. The bill would allow youth under 10 to hunt on state land with a guardian. Currently, those kids are only able to hunt privately held land with a guardian. Anything to help get kids out in the field is a good thing. With the declining numbers of hunters nationwide, infusing new youngsters into the pool at an earlier age should help keep our traditions alive.
This bill will not only expand hunting opportunities to youngsters but could also increase revenue for the Game and Fish Protection Fund. The DNR used these funds to manage state lands for the benefit of game species.
Kids are the future of hunting and conservation. What are some things you or your state game and fish department have done to reach out to help promote the next generation?