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Federal Government To Restrict Hunting By Setting A Minimum Age Of 21

Federal Government to set minimum hunting age at 21.

Family hunting expeditions like the one shown will be a thing of the past. // (image source: www.public-domain-image.com)

<National Report>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.

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; meaning that a four-year old could go out and hunt game with or without adult supervision. Under the new policy, any hunters under the age of 21 will be locked out of the sport and all hunters over 21 will be required to show a national hunting license upon request from a game warden.

In addition to the nationwide minimum hunting age now being 21, all hunters will have to take a federally sponsored annual “hunting safety and wildlife appreciation” course which will feature a written exam that must be passed to be eligible to receive a National Hunting License. All prospective hunters must also pass an annual physical endurance test and receive clearance from their primary care physician. Under these new regulations, individual state licenses will no longer be required and state game wardens will become federalized.




Younger hunters will be able to first take the safety and appreciation course starting at the age of 19. They will then be allowed to participate in no more than three ‘mock hunts’ per year which will be organized by the federally approved groups offering the courses. The ‘mock hunt’ will not feature live ammunition or live game but will attempt to simulate an actual hunt as closely as possible. 20-year-old prospective hunters will be able to apply for a license up to sixty days before their birthday, however, the license will not be valid until their actual date of birth.

“We wanted to be sure that everyone was able to successfully plan a hunting expedition with their loved ones for a twenty-first birthday party,” explained U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gregory Pearson. “We realize that these changes will be upsetting to some so we tried to make this transition as painless as possible.”

The new federal regulations have, predictably, been met with outrage from the hunting and gun enthusiast communities.

The National Rifle Association has begun a petition asking for the immediate repeal of these new restrictions. When contacted, they presented a prepared statement that said they intend to “challenge these restrictions” and demand that “states are once again given the right to dictate who is allowed to hunt and when”. The NRA also is in strict opposition to the penalties levied upon violators of the new regulations that include the seizure of firearms.  A first offense of “hunting with a minor under the age of 21” will result in immediate suspension of their National Hunting License for one year. A second offense will result in the confiscation of all hunting implements, including firearms, bows and their ammunition, and potentially a fine and jail time. A third offense will result in mandatory jail time as well as the fines and confiscations second time offenders are subject to. Likewise, anyone under 21 caught with hunting tools or weapons will have the instruments confiscated and will be subject to time in a juvenile detention center. Repeat offenders will be denied the ability to apply for a federal license.

There has been quite an uproar on the internet by Americans unhappy with the changes. Herb Boucher, of Glenview Hills, Kentucky posted the following on a Facebook discussion about the new restrictions, “I took my boy out on his first hunt when he was just five. He’s fifteen now and I will not stop hunting with him no matter what that Obama idiot has to say. That is my time with my boy and they can’t stop me, I’d like to see them try.”

“The thing to remember is that hunting is a privilege, not a right,” concluded spokesman Pearson. “We hope that these new restrictions will teach all Americans the value of wildlife and how to safely conduct themselves on a hunt. Far too often, the television shows children grow up watching glamorize the wrong aspects of hunting wild game and we intend to teach them the proper mindset to be in while out in the forest.”







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226 Responses to "Federal Government To Restrict Hunting By Setting A Minimum Age Of 21"

  1. Whitney says:

    The government is WAY OVERSTEPPING this time! Taking away our rights as Americans and as parents. Taking a father’s right to teach his children to hunt is outrageous! We will be supporting the NRA for protesting against this.

    • PATRIOT says:

      IGNORE IT. IT OBVIOUSLY VIOLATES THE 2ND AMENDMENT AND THE 10TH
      AMENDMENT . IF ANY GAME WARDEN TRIES TO ARREST OR ENFORCE IT
      BURY THEM THERE AS TRAITORS TO THE CONSTITUTION ….

      IT WILL BE OPEN SEASON ON FEDS ….. I HOPE THEY ARE NOT THAT DUMB

      DO NOT SUBMIT TO THIS LAW EVER, SUPREME COURT HAS ALREADY RULED TWICE , THAT ANY LAW MADE BY CONGRESS THAT CONTRADICTS THE CONSTITUTION IS INSTANTLY NULL AND VOID ..

      LOCK AND LOAD IT IS A BACK DOOR GUN GRAB . NEVER SUBMIT TO FEDS !!

      • Mike says:

        By what convoluted interpretation of the constitution does the federal government be liege they have the right to regulate activities, in this case hunting, totally within a State? Welcome to the new USSR

  2. pleaseTrytostopme says:

    Just another way these idiosyncratic government butt heads try to take control of the south. Well I have news for Y’ALL. Come to my house which is the southern states of the U.S. and try to take My Hunting rights. You better bring some fire power with you. It will not happen.

  3. Big game hunter says:

    People please stop letting this proper Ganda get you upset ain’t no way in the world this crap will be inforced. Man been hunting since the beginning of time,and no one is going to be able to put those types of regulations on the sport and succeed……..

  4. Scr47 says:

    Obamanation needs to be Impeached for his frauds and treasons. Demand that republicans bring back the rule of law per the Constitution instead of this dictator Marxist racist POS liar.

  5. Concerned Hunting Citizen says:

    21? It is a shame that someone at 18 can go over seas and fight for their country, but they can’t go hunting in their country. This is another law where the government is stepping on state’s rights. Pretty soon we will have no state government, only federal government. Once again I am disappointed at how large the government is becoming. This law is taking away from the people. I spend quality time with my father by hunting, and this law would ruin that.

  6. Larry Stacey says:

    I have been hunting since age 6 with my Dad. By myself since age 11. I will decide when to take my Grandson hunting. Not the feds. What a joke!!

  7. Henry says:

    Maybe the government thinks it is better for kids to play video games or watch TV than to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Maybe every one who wants to eats meat should be required by law to hunt for it or kill it on a farm at least once so they can appreciate it. How about that!

  8. Kathy M says:

    I am appalled at the continuous disregard for the American public and blatant hypocrisy of the current Congress. How is it ok for an 18 year old to join (or possibly be drafted if the government deems it necessary) the military and get killed for our country, but he or she cannot help put food on the table??!!! Where I grew up (a semi-rural community) it was a rite of passage for young teenagers. I don’t recall anyone taking small children hunting, but there were plenty of 13 year olds hunting with their dads and uncles. Missing a day of school on opening day of hunting season was an acceptable absence, and everyone knew that those kids were not only helping out their families, but learning gun safety and responsibility as well. Our rights are being eroded one by one. Before we know it we will become the United Socialist States of America.

  9. Mary says:

    This is outrageous!! What is the real reason the federal government wants to regulate hunting restrictions? I could see if there had been numerous incidents where people had been injured or killed due to hunters blatant neglect.

  10. Danny says:

    Hunting is a right not a privilege, a natural right

  11. Felix Macias says:

    I don’t care what part of the country you come from whether it be North ,South ,East or West..This is our right to enjoy the outdoors and our freedom to hunt and fish..We got to make a stand before we loose what little is left for us……

  12. Ethan Logan says:

    Oh my gosh I’ve never heard anything so stupid in my life. The government is such a big contradiction! They are contradicting the 2nd amendment. Doesnt it say we have the right to bear arms?! ment

  13. Ethan L says:

    This is the most stupid and retarded thing ever. The government is just contradicting the 2nd amendment, doesn’t it say that citizens have the right to bear arms??! Either way I’m still going to hunt, whether or not I’m 21. All I have ever used my firearms for is hunting and target shooting, but that will all change when someone tries to take them from me.

  14. Stewdaddy says:

    Yet 18 is still youn enough to carry a gun without your parents in a combat zone. As a veteran to this nation and an avid sportsman I can only say make laws that make sense and aren’t hypocritical. Clearly this law is to try and get more hunters to quit while looking like they are still passing bills. Its funny, you get a group of lawyers together to pass bills and they find a way to not pass any that affect them.

  15. bill says:

    you have to be kidding!!!!–not in my lifetime!!-we all must pull together and stop this nonsense!!! what do you think?

  16. Matthew StaNto says:

    It won’t stop me. Fuck you pieces Of shit. Come do something about it

  17. its my right dont try to enforce it .hunting to me is to me is just like their partying and drinking do away with do away with that it would save a lot more lives think about obma.

  18. johnson says:

    Do you people honestly believe this is true?

  19. Seth says:

    I’m sorry in advance for my language but this is the most fucked up law I’ve ever seen. I’ve been hunting my whole life. I swear this stupid Obama deuce bag we have to call our president and all these liberal fuck faces are completely fucking over the United States. I’ve about had it with the government trying to take our rights away. This is going to put us into another civil war. I will not stop hunting and absolutely no liberal fuck is going to stop me. So the tree huggers and Obama can kiss my ass. THIS LAW CAN GO FUCK ITSELF!!!!

  20. Marla Gilberts says:

    THIS IS BULL CRAP!!! WHAT OTHER RIGHTS ARE YOU JERK OFFS GONNA TAKE FROM US???? THIS IMPOSITION OF THIS NEW RULE IS NOT RIGHT!!DON’T YOU THINK IT’S THE PARENTS PLACE TO TEACH GUN SAFETY TO THEIR DAUGHTERS & SONS??? ONCE AGAIN YOU OVER PAID SONS OF FEMALE DOGS ARE OVER STEPPING YOUR BOUNDARIES….AND YOU WONDER WHY THE AMERICAN CITIZENS DESPISE YOU!!!

  21. last boy scout says:

    this is insane. what are the “Hunger Games” coming true. An 18 yr old can enlist and die for their country but can’t go hunting. our government is crossing the line now for sure. all this is is a backdoor entry to getting our firearms. i am pissed off to the max

  22. johnny e says:

    I can,t believe this gov. of ours is so stupit it would even think about such a thing

  23. Dano says:

    It’s hilarious to see you conservatives fall for this! Do you know why you don’t see any liberals on here defending the government’s role in these new regulations? It’s because they’re smart enough to not take the bait, hook, line and sinker!

    • Dano,

      The Comments Policy of the National Report is to respect the opinions of others including those who post in anger and who may use profanity. However I am reluctant to approve your comment today based on our policy to remove comments posted to the site by those who would intentionally seek to stir up negative emotions and indignation among our readers and subscribers. The National Report encourages a civil discourse with all people including those from other cultures, races, nations and religious perspectives. Your belittling and shaming of others in this forum from now on will not be tolerated. If you tone done the shaming of others just a notch its all good. I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to comment in this forum, I look forward to reading more of your comments in the near future. Thank you for your cooperation.
      Nigel

  24. Mike Boren says:

    Hey Nigel,

    Why would you print such bullshit? Give me sources. I have proof to contradict your nonsense. And you have the balls to call ppl out for being pissed and using language that might offend someone?? You’re a hack!! And i bet you don’t have the balls to post this!!

  25. Bezman says:

    I think, that was right decision to restrict hunting by setting a minimum age.

  26. Kyle says:

    Guys I am 13 years old and this pisses me off. This better be a joke because the NRA will have every hunter and fishermen in the US supporting them. I hope God doesn’t allow this.

  27. Hunter Greg says:

    I think it really okey!

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