Four Wyoming legislators are proposing a bill that would lower the minimum big game hunting age. Currently, in Wyoming, hunters must be 12 years old to hunt big game. Under HB115 11-year-olds that turn 12 by the end of the calendar year would be able to pursue big game animals. Likewise, the bill makes no changes to the current law that youth hunters must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older at all times. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must meet one of the following qualifications.
- have been issued a big game license in the last five years
- possess a firearm safety certificate
- hold a current big game hunting license
If the person accompanying the youth hunter is not their parent or legal guardian, the adult must also carry a permission slip from the legal guardian of the youth hunter.
This bill hopes to provide more opportunities for young hunters in Wyoming. Getting young people in the outdoors is a crucial part of hunting and wildlife conservation. It will ensure that hunting and conservation have a strong base for future generations. Several states in recent years have lowered the age minimum for hunting. Likewise, some states have gotten rid of the age minimum altogether.
HB115 is currently being sponsored by Senator Ogden Driskill, Senator Larry Hicks, Rep. Jerry Paxton, and Rep.Albert Sommers.
So, what are your thoughts on Wyoming trying to lower the minimum age to hunt big game? What the age limit for hunting in your state? Let us know in the comments!