The Summary: USA Today reports that 30 states now hold special youth seasons to encourage young hunters to take to the woods.
Jeff’s Take: Now that we have surpluses of deer, turkeys and other game animals, why not let youths—the very fiber of our sport’s future—to get a head start and take to the woods early? I’m all for it, especially when the number of hunters—and specifically youth hunters—drops annually. Anything we can do to get new people involved is a good thing for wildlife and society. Vermont added a special youth season this year, and with the help of NRA-ILA, surely more states will come aboard. So take a kid hunting early this fall; and instead of packing your gun, take along some snacks and a camera to make the hunt enjoyable, and perhaps to relive it for years to come with your little buddy. You might also do some scouting while you’re out there, or at least hang a trail cam so you'll be ready when it opens up for the big boys.
The Anti-Quote: “These youth hunts are a part of the violent culture that we don't need to be breeding," said Joe Miele of the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.