- Seven states ; Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington set no minimum age for solo hunting. In Texas, kids can hunt alone when they are 9.
- In Alaska, Louisiana and Tennessee, the minimum age for unsupervised hunting is 10, in Missouri it's 11, and in nine other states it's 12.
I have to agree that there should be a minimum age. You sure don't give a 9 year old a license to drive a car and turn him loose. It's just common sense. Jason started out hunting with me. Small game at first, squirrels with a single shot .410 and as he grew older, and proved both his safety and hunting skills, he progressed to a .22. Then down the line a bit he got to deer hunt with me and used a Ruger .44 mag carbine. But in all instances we were together untill I was convinced he was able to hunt alone safely. I'm proud to say he's the most safety concious hunter I know and at 14 I trusted him more than most grown men I knew. One of the most important lessons of all was knowing your target, beyond any doubt, and knowing what was around and beyond it before pulling that trigger! Jason often proved to me that he had learned that lesson well by his letting game, he could have shot, pass because he wasn't sure of my location. So while I agree with the story on MSN, I worry how those who already are anti hunting, will read into it what they want and use it for farther ammo in their arsenal to, not just ban all hunting, but to scare kids away from wanting to learn about hunting as well. To me it goes to prove that each of us has a responsibility to, not just hunt safely and ethicly ourselves, but to also teach our children those quallities and to be there to see to it that they put those lessons into practice!
That obviously wasn't done in this case and as a result an elderly woman's life was ended and a young man will now have to live the rest of his own life bearing the burden of knowing what he did.
Edited by Spirithawk, 21 July 2009 - 11:05 AM.