NEW INFO: Bill to Let 10-Year Olds Hunt Heads to Governor's Desk

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Children as young as 10 would be allowed to go hunting with an adult mentor under a bill approved by Wisconsin lawmakers.

Supporters say the measure is critical to preserving the state's hunting culture and open up the sport to more people.

The Assembly on Thursday used a voice vote to approve the bill, which passed the Senate last week. A spokesman for Gov. Jim Doyle says he supports it.

The DNR estimates that 9,200 more people would get hunting licenses every year under the change.

Anyone who is at least 10 would be allowed to hunt with a mentor as long as they have only one firearm or crossbow between them and stay within one another arm's reach.

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