State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
August 2, 2008, 14-year old Tyler Kales was on
Kales was convicted of second-degree manslaughter with a firearm and was sentenced on July 10, 2009 to 30 days in juvenile detention and 120 hours of community service including four hours of hunting safety education.
The incident prompted MSNBC.com to review whether other states, like
According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), under current
Current law could be changing soon. This legislative session, Senate Bill 167 was approved by the state Assembly and state Senate and is now being considered by Governor Doyle. Senate Bill 167 allows 10-year olds to hunt if they are accompanied by adult mentors at least 18 years of age. Joint possession of only one firearm would be allowed for the new hunter and mentor, and the new hunter would have to be within arm’s length of the mentor. Conservation groups and the DNR support the legislation.
"The bottom line is that the mentoring program called for in this bill is a highly controlled situation, and will provide the student with a highly safe, quality hunting experience," said Wisconsin Wildlife Federation President and former DNR Secretary George Meyer.
Senate Bill 167 is considered critical to preserving one of
According to Families Afield, a national hunting organization, “Current data show only 25 percent of youth from hunting households are active in the sport. Over the past quarter-century, the total number of hunters has dropped 23 percent.”
Nationally, for every 100 hunters lost, 69 hunters take their place. A “Hunter Replacement Ratio” is derived by dividing the percentage of youth hunters by the percentage of adult hunters. The lower the ratio, the greater the potential for a decline in hunting.
Young hunters in the field supervised by adults are very safe. The Hunter Incident Clearinghouse reports that of the 14.7 million hunters active during 2002, only .0000016 percent were supervised youth involved in an accident.
Hunters who start out early in life are more likely to hunt as adults, maintaining a wonderful family tradition. This storied lifestyle provides a significant economic boost. In
An old saying advises, ““Hunt with your kids today, so you don’t have to hunt for them tomorrow.” Senate Bill 167, if signed into law, will create more opportunities for families to hunt together safely and carry on a rich