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Mich. House Votes to Let 10- to 13-Year-Olds Hunt on Public Land

10- to 13-year-olds in Michigan are already allowed to hunt on private land, and a bill advancing in the state legislature would expand that to public land. 10- to 13-year-olds in Michigan are already allowed to hunt on private land, and a bill advancing in the state legislature would expand that to public land. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: May 02, 2018 04:55 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Children as young as 10 could hunt on public land under a bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature.

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State law now lets those who are 10, 11, 12 or 13 years old hunt with a gun on private property if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or authorized adult. The measure approved 102-7 by the House Wednesday would allow 10- to 13-year-olds to also hunt deer, bear and elk on public land.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona, says many youth hunters cannot access private land. He wants to expand opportunities for young hunters.

Supporters say the bill (House Bill 5711) would fix an oversight because youth hunters already can hunt on private land open to the public but not other public land.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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