Maine may soon join 39 other states to allow kids younger than 10 to hunt, with adult supervision. Legislation to eliminate the state’s hunting age limit sailed through the House of Representatives without debate, but got hung up in the Senate where the some members had concerns about the bill.
With an extra push, and an amendment that assured close supervision of the young hunter, the bill won the support of Senators by a vote of 26 to 6. This morning the bill was back in the House, where it once again won support without a recorded vote. Now, the bill goes to the governor. I have heard he is not supportive, but will let it become law without his signature.
Let’s start by giving lots of credit to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Association, who sent Rob Sexton to Maine to brief legislators and others on this issue over the past few months. At the hearing on the bill, Rob presented a comprehensive report titled, “Families Afield, Opening the Door to the Next Generation of American Hunters.” It was thorough and very helpful.