February 2, 2023

Michigan Lags In Hunting Age But Now Playing Catch Up

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Michigan’s current minimum hunting age is 14. That’s the age when you can legally go into the woods and hunt big game, ie. deer, elk, bear, etc. At that age you also must be accompanied by an adult.

A new bill just passed by the Michigan House would lower that age to 12 and require the Department of Natural Resources to institute a mentor program for kids between the ages of 12 and 14.

A similar bill last year got stalled in Congress over concerns with safety expressed by Governor Granholm. The bill now goes before the Senate for a vote.

Tom Remington