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February 29, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Is Lower Hunting Age a "Band-Aid"?

The editorial board of the Rapid City Journal thinks so. They write:
The road to Pierre is paved with good intentions, and no bill exemplifies that as much as the one by Rep. Mike Buckingham, R-Rapid City, to lower the legal hunting age from 12 to 10.

Buckingham and supporters of HB1263 say the bill is needed to preserve interest in hunting and the great outdoors for the generations of South Dakotans to come. While we wholeheartedly support the lawmakers’ goal of getting kids off the couch and out the front door for some old-fashioned recreation, they miss the mark with this bill.

The truth is, most hunters begin their love of nature well before the age of 10, alongside their family, friends and mentors while actively hunting, fishing and honing skills to become a true outdoorsman.

. . . HB1263 is little more than a politically popular Band-Aid that will do little to address the real problem.

What do you think?

Comments

John R

I think that the only purpose for lowering the age requirement from 12 to 10 is to increase hunting license fee revenue.
Most of us have already agred that 10 or 12 is not too young to take along hunting and teach them the ropes. Most of us have also agreed that 10 or 12 year olds should be supervised on a hunting outing.
Having said that, it brings me to the conclusion that most of us would take our children hunting at 10 or 12 therefore the state referenced in the article wants you to pay for it. It seems to me to be all about the money. Just my 2 cents.

Trae B.

im commenting on what silverarrow said about bringing guns to school.Well at our school we really aint allowed to have guns anywhere on school property but my principal told me felt safer knowing that most of use have guns any way.So that if somebody brought a weapon to school and started shooting people the good ol' boys could return fire.

Trae B.

Another thing its way easier to get a hunting lincense than a drivers lincense.If had to take a defensive driving course,a road laws and sign course,a Drug and alchohal awarness test,I had to have 30 hours driving time with a qualified driving instructor,and finally I needed a paper showing proof of school attendance.Oh yea and social security card and proof of insurance.thats seven papers.and then when we get to the place to take the driving test we have to go home and call alanta to set up an appointment for south georgia.and they said it was for our convience.then they say they dont have an opening for like another two months to take a 30 minute driving test.I reckon hick town georgia is over populated with people rushing to get their lincences.

Trae B.

And I had to pay $300 to take two of the courses.

Bubba

Trae B.

There are people out there that have paid the same fees, gone through the same waiting periods, attended the same classes AND gone through the same instructor (driver) training you mentioned.
AND, they go out and kill people with an automobile!
How many Concealed Carry Permit holders have gone out and either out of stupidity or ignorance, killed innocent people!

Bubba

Trae B.

I wasent saying hunting lincences should be stricter I was saying how pissed I am about drivers lincenses because my sister got her lincenses with just a social security card.I'm saying the world is getting to complicated...just blowin off steam.

Bubba

Trae B.

My comments were not pointed at you.
My point is, after all that training in both the classroom and behind the wheel, licensed drivers kill more innocent people in one state daily than licensed handgun carriers kill nationwide, annually!

Bubba

Matt M

The real problem behind the decline in hunting, as with all outdorr activity, is that our country is overpopulated, like the rest of the planet. You want to save hunting, don't have more than two kids.

MPN

With the way our economy is going no one could afford to have more then two kids.

MPN

Trae B.

I gotcha Bubba,just verifying myself.

rattus r

How many Concealed Carry Permit holders have gone out and either out of stupidity or ignorance, killed innocent people!

Bubba

Here's one for you:

"William James, a new arrival to the lodge, South Side 493 Masons of Patchogue, was killed Monday as he was being initiated into a social club connected to the Masons but not officially part of the organization. A 76-year-old member of the social club, the Fellow Craft Club, was supposed to fire a gun loaded with blanks, but reached into the wrong pocket, drew a licensed, loaded gun and shot Mr. James, 47, in the face."

rattus r

he held a permit to carry a gun since 1951!




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