Minnesota's young guns: Can they hunt safely?

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2008 - 6:01 AM

The answer lies with parents, who can now train their 10- and 11-year-olds how to shoot wild game.

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ShaneDNNov. 6, 08 9:23 PM

Being an avid hunter myself, and having grown up in the country, I personally an a bit concerned about this. I have no issue with the age, but the fact they don't have to go through safety training. I'm 22, and I went through the training when I was 12(?) and even though my father taught me many things, there were many laws and tips that he had never mentioned.

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wwallace67Nov. 6, 08 9:26 PM

This is one reason why, more than sex education, gun safety education should be taught in the schools.

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wwallace67Nov. 6, 08 9:29 PM

I really don't think children this young should be allowed to hunt, even under the direct supervision of a parent, especially on public land. Rabbit or squirrel hunting with a pellet gun or a .22 perhaps, under the direct supervision, of a parent, but not big game.

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noinkNov. 6, 08 9:30 PM

Minnesota's young guns: Can they hunt safely? YES!

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sjmordNov. 6, 08 9:33 PM

We have drivers education, sex education, motorcycle education, drug education, and on and on..now we THROW OUT GUN EDUCATION....this is bad. Who was the bonehead who came up with this one. EDUCATE BEFORE THEY CAN HUNT...END OF DISCUSSION....AND WHEN THERE IS AN ACCIDENT...WHO'S FAULT IS IT...??

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b24advanceNov. 6, 08 9:34 PM

What is the end result of having children at the young age of 10 hunting wild game? Parent (or guardian)/child bonding? Gun safety? I did not know of this law so I am new to this, but a question I also have is, why not lower the alocohol age to 18 to lessen the idea of binge drinking amongs underaged drinkers. But let me know...are these two unrelated? Should the two be placed on a bill to change the age of both guns and alcohol? Just my thoughts.

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voidoidNov. 6, 08 9:39 PM

That just doesn't add up. Dick Cheney can't even safely handle a firearm.

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sjmordNov. 6, 08 9:40 PM

IF YOU WANT TO DO GOOD PARENTING...HAVE YOUR CHILD WAIT TILL HE IS OLD ENOUGH AND HAVE THE RIGHT GUN TRAINING TO GO HUNTING...I THINK THE GOVERMENT IS AFRAID OF LOSING MONEY..WE JUST PASSED A BILL FOR FINACING THEM. THE KIDS THESE DAYS ARE WAY DIFFERNT THEN YEARS PAST WHEN A GUN WAS AN EVERYDAY WAY OF LIFE. WHY PROMOTE AND ACCIDENT...??

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zr580ratNov. 6, 08 9:44 PM

I don't know why it wouldn't be required for everyone. I don't believe we can rely on parents to teach firearm safety because not every adult hunts safely. I would think an example of this would be the father that shot his son in April. If folks are so concerned about youth involvement in hunting they should start going with their kids to the training. At a minimum parents should be required to attend part of the training session not just for a refresher to but to also show support for their kids.

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tonytecNov. 6, 0810:59 PM

This is utterly insane! I quit hunting 5 years ago because of the lack of safety in the woods, and now you have this happening? This is a desperate move to lure more hunters into the fold, but in a very hazardous way. Sure, there are plenty of parents who can pull it off. The problem is we believed it best to still send our children to gun safety. I am well trained (thank you USMC) and sent my son to firearms training. I over saw his education there, and was proud when he passed. To circumvent that program is a honest travesty. For kids who can not pass the Firearms Safety course because they lack the attention span, or desire to put down the game controller to Call of Duty, they can now get around that. I am ANGERED by this foolish decision in the claim to expand hunting.

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