Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a new bill that removed the minimum hunting age for children doing mentored hunts in the state. Now, a 6-year-old girl is making headlines for shooting her first deer under the new law.
Kindergartner Lexie Harris went on a mentored hunting trip on Sunday, Nov. 19, just a day after the 2017 hunting gun deer season began. Harris was under the supervision of her father, Tyler Harris, according to The Associated Press.
A photo posted by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Twitter account showed Lexi posing with the buck she shot.
“Six-year-old Lexi sat many hours yesterday without success but today her persistence paid off,” the Nov. 19 tweet said. “Her father, Tyler Harris, had tears of joy when his little hunting partner got her first buck & poses for Warden Randy Dunkel. Congratulations, Lexi!”
Six-year-old Lexi sat many hours yesterday without success but today her persistence paid off. Her father, Tyler Harris, had tears of joy when his little hunting partner got her first buck & poses for Warden Randy Dunkel. Congratulations, Lexi! pic.twitter.com/bcIc6GaJ7u
— Wisconsin DNR (@WDNR) November 20, 2017
Dunkel is a conservation warden for Marathon County in central Wisconsin.
Harris bought his daughter a youth rifle because it’s easier to handle and has less power. On Sunday, they went to the woods near their rural Medford home in Taylor County where Harris had built a heated hunting enclosure, the AP reported.
When a buck came into view, Harris helped his daughter prepare for the shot.
“She was shaking,” Harris told the AP.
He didn’t force Lexie to shoot, he said, but told her she could take the shot herself if she wanted to.
Lexie ended up pulling the trigger and hitting the buck.
“She looked at me right away and said, ‘I’m not gutting it because that’s gross,'” Harris said.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 21, 2017
The new law, which was signed on Nov. 11 by Gov. Walker, allows hunters of any age participate in a mentored hunt. Previously, children had to be 10 years old to participate in the mentored hunt program.
Before, only one weapon could be used between the mentor and mentee, but now both are allowed to have a weapon.
Gov. Walker tweeted an article about Lexi’s deer hunt on Nov. 21: “Wisconsin’s gun
#deerhunting season–important tradition & good for our economy! Good luck!”
Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer hunting season starts this weekend, November 18th! This year, we streamlined the licensing process to make it easier to get back in the stand. Have fun and be safe! #AccountableGov pic.twitter.com/5c6xSnC1Gi
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) November 13, 2017
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