Take Action Today! Michigan members should contact Gov. Snyder and ask him to sign House Bill 5711 into law. Michigan sportsmen can contact the governor at 517-373-3400, or by clicking here.
On Dec. 12, the Michigan Senate passed House Bill 5711 by a vote of 33-5, sending the bill to the governor’s desk. The legislation will expand access to public lands, allowing younger hunters to harvest deer, bear and elk.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Antrim County), will permit Michigan youth, ages 10 and older, to hunt these species on public land. Under current law, a person must be at least 14 years old to hunt these species on public land. Those under the age of 14 may only hunt deer, bear or elk on private land. HB 5711 passed the House of Representatives in May.
Many youth today are involved in extracurricular activities, which makes it harder for them to try hunting on the weekends.
“Access to quality hunting areas is crucial to maintaining hunter participation, and removing the ban on youth from hunting big game on public land should be celebrated as a victory,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This bill will make it easier for parents to get their children more involved in hunting. More importantly, HB 5711 will help in the retention of these new young hunters.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.