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Posted: 12 October 2011 07:34 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Are there really any age restrictions on hunting.  Only thing I have read is if some born before 1980, they don’t need Hunter Safety.  So is it pretty much as long as a youth has passed Hunter Safety then they can hunt whatever.  For just an example a 5 year old??

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Posted: 12 October 2011 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This is my 9 year old sons first season hunting.  I think it would be difficult to find a shotgun short enough for a 5 year old.

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Posted: 12 October 2011 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Just using a 5 year old as an example.  I have a 6 and 9 year old now.  They both shoot just fine.  Just didn’t know if there is a limit on age for actually getting a license and hunting.

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Posted: 12 October 2011 10:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I think a 5 year old would be pretty hard pressed to pass the HSC test and they can’t get a license without it

MY Family rule is no HSC until your 10

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Posted: 12 October 2011 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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ok, disregard the 5 year thing.  It was an example on age, not if a 5 year was able to do it. 

So, no matter what age, if a youth can pass the class and obviously handle a gun correctly, then they can hunt?

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Posted: 12 October 2011 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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From what I understand YES!

http://www.ncsl.org/IssuesResearch/EnvironmentandNaturalResources/MinimumHuntingAgeStatutes/tabid/13243/Default.aspx
for Hunting Age Statutes

HSC is done at about a 5th grade reading level, but I’ve seen kids under 10 in the classes. There was an 8 year old in the class with my older son which made my younger son pretty mad at me smile

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Posted: 12 October 2011 11:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for the info.  That helps

I remember taking it when I was 7 and didn’t have any problems.  But that was a while ago and I am sure things have changed.

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Posted: 12 October 2011 11:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Don’t forget you can also get them an apprentice lincense.Good for a year w/o taking the safety course.

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Posted: 13 October 2011 04:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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There is no age limits on hunting or taking the HSC, in IL, BUT… you do have to be at least 10 years old, to get an apprentice license in IL.
The apprentice license is a one time license that is only good for one year, in IL.  Some other states do theirs differently.

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Posted: 13 October 2011 05:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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http://www.hunter-ed.com/

“We’ve worked with state hunting safety agencies to develop approved and recognized online hunting safety courses. Choose your state and study the online course material for free.”

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/HunterSafety.aspx


“The Illinois Hunter Education Program consists of a minimum of 10 hours of instruction. The educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level.”

 

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Posted: 13 October 2011 05:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks Lynn! I had to go dig up my old certificate,just to see how old I was when I took the course.I was 10 and took it back in 1977.I remember scoring better then my dad and thinking it was the greatest thing.

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Posted: 13 October 2011 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Years ago my son took it when he was 7. I had modified a light 410 by cutting the stock down to fit him.  the only draw back as I remember was that I had to buy
bismouth 410 shot for duck hunting - pretty expensive and I still have a couple of boxes laying around.

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Posted: 13 October 2011 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Lynn-  There is no age requirement to obtain an apprentice license.  You scared me for a minute.

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/ApprenticeLicense.aspx

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Posted: 13 October 2011 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Maybe something has changed, that I was unaware of, becuase 10 was the limit ?????

“The following useful information is from an IDNR press release issued 7/18/08. “

“The Apprentice Hunter License Program was signed into law by Governor Blagojevich in July 2006. This program allows youth, ages 10-17, to hunt when supervised by an Illinois licensed parent, guardian or grandparent before purchasing a traditional hunting license and allows apprentice licensees aged 18 or older to join any licensed Illinois hunter. The expansion allows non-residents to take advantage of these same opportunities. The program has a $7 fee which is paid to the Wildlife and Fish Fund, which supports the activities of the Department of Natural Resources.”

http://www.illinoishunter.com/idnr_news/08/08_apprentice_license.html

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