The PGC Commissioners have proposed putting an age restriction (9) on the highly popular Mentored Youth Hunting Program for deer, bear and turkey hunting. Their reasons are based on antidotal concerns about poaching and safety issues.
PFSC is opposed to this proposed change. There is no correlating data to substantiate their claims. We believe the parent/mentor and child should make the decision when the child is ready to participate in a hunt.
If there are
occurring within this program, they should be handled like any other game law violation, and not penalize an entire program for what appears to be mostly imaginary worries of a few bad apples. The positive results from the program and the gains in youth hunters far outweigh any
negative issues or complaints from anti-hunters.
What do you think? Let us know, and send your comments to the commissioners: