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"Rather embarrassing" Wisconsin gets attention for selling hunting licenses to babies

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A member of the state Department of Natural Resources board says the lack of a minimum hunting age in Wisconsin has created an embarrassing perception nationally that babies are hunting deer.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill just ahead of the nine-day gun season last month that eliminated the 10-year-old minimum age for participating in a mentored hunt, essentially eliminating the state's minimum hunting age. The DNR sold 1,814 mentored hunt licenses heading into the nine-day season to children nine years old or younger, including 10 licenses to children under a year.

DNR Board member Fredrick Prehn said during a review of the season today that the license sales to infants generated national media attention that he found "rather embarrassing." He told a reporter during a break that infants clearly aren't capable of hunting and he's worried that other people are using the children's tags. He says that's a loophole and it isn't right.

This item has been updated to correct that Prehn feels the law has created embarrassing publicity and a loophole for hunters, not that the law itself is embarrassing.

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