Thanking the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act
November 22, 2023 •iSportsman Staff
Wyoming appears to be investing in the deep-rooted traditions of hunting. They recently decreased the age restriction for youth hunters to be able to hunt big game. As per the state, hunters turning 12 by the end of the calendar year may purchase a license. This means that 11-year-olds can now hunt big game. The youth hunting change was originally proposed in June 2021 by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, who filed an emergency rule to modify Chapter 44 of the Wyoming licensing regulations to reduce the minimum age to purchase a big or trophy game license.
Despite the fact that the emergency rule is set to expire over the next 120 days, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission appear set to finalize the rule officially in its November meeting. This is excellent news for the state and hunters alike, as this not only promotes youth participation in the sport, but promotes hunting education, firearm education and wildlife education as well.
States with the strictest age requirements for hunting tend to be found in the Northern and Western states. Both Illinois and Hawaii do not allow hunters under the age of 16 to hunt alone.
Prior to the rule change, hunters had to be 12 to participate in a big game hunt.
In the heart of the American West, Wyoming stands as a bastion of outdoor adventure and conservation values. The state’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of hunters is exemplified through its robust youth hunting programs. Wyoming understands that instilling a love for the outdoors in young minds is crucial for the future of wildlife conservation.
Through these programs, young hunters are not only taught the art of ethical hunting but also the significance of preserving natural habitats. They learn the importance of wildlife management, firearm safety, and respect for nature. Wyoming’s youth hunting initiatives are more than just a pastime; they are a testament to a heritage of responsible stewardship, ensuring that future generations will continue to cherish and protect the state’s diverse and abundant wildlife.
For a deeper dive into the details of this change, check out GoHunt’s full article on the topic here.