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Associated Press, Published May 24 2011

Michigan bill would allow children under 10 to hunt

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Children under 10 would be allowed to hunt as long as they're with an adult mentor through legislation that has passed the Michigan House.

The measure adopted Tuesday by an 85-23 vote next goes to the Senate, which has passed similar legislation.

Current law requires a child to be at least 10 to get a hunting license. The age requirement is 12 if it involves hunting deer with a firearm.

The House bill would eliminate those provisions and set up a mentoring program that would allow children to get licenses earlier.

A mentor would have to be at least 21 with a valid hunting license and previous experience.

A hunter under 10 could get a license but would have to meet requirements that would be outlined by a state commission.

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