An article saying that the minimum age for hunting has been set to 21 is fake.
The bogus report was published on satirical website National Report in recent days. It had several thousand likes and shares on Facebook as of Wednesday.
“The United States Government has decided 2015 is the year to enact a new nationwide “minimum hunting age” of 21. Previously, each state has set its own minimum age for a hunter to hunt alone and sometimes a different age for minors to hunt while in the company of an adult,” it reads in part. “The federal regulation, set to go into effect on July 1st, 2015, will supersede all existing hunting age restrictions in all fifty U.S. states. For example, prior to this ruling Alaska had no license require for any hunters under the age of 15.”
Many of the comments on the bottom of the page also appear to be fake, likely created by the operators of the site.
Nothing on The National Report is a real news story; all of the articles on the site are satirical in nature, but they’re mostly not humorous or clever.
The site had a disclaimer, but it was removed a few months ago.
“*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18,” it said.