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Fisheries and Land Resources Gerry Byrne announced significant changes to the provincial Wildlife Act and Regulations on Friday. The modifications are aimed to support inclusion, improve access and increase participation in hunting throughout the province. Taking effect immediately, the minimum age requirement to shoot small game, coyotes and other furbearers has been lowered from 16 to 12 while the requirement to shoot big game has been lowered from 18 to 16. Youth hunters can only use a firearm under supervision of a qualified adult. Several changes to the Program for Hunters and Anglers with a Disability have also been made.

http://www.northernpen.ca/news/nl-government-makes-changes-to-increase-access-to-hunting-157814/
 

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bout friggin time.

Still don't get the mentality of waiting til youre 16 to take big game though - .have yet to hear a logical argument on that one.
 

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Notre Dame Rod and Gun Club vice-president Paul Wood was glad to see a reduction in the minimum hunting age in Newfoundland and Labrador become a reality on Nov. 8. The minimum hunting age has been lowered from 16 to 12 for small game and from 18 to 16 for big game. The youth is only permitted to hunt under direct adult supervision and must complete firearm safety training. In the age of smartphones and handheld gaming devices, Wood sees this as a positive change in promoting an interest in hunting and safety, but also encouraging physical activity. "The earlier you can get people involved in something the better," he said, "and the older they get, the less interest they will have in starting." "I think that's one of the issues we have in Newfoundland and Labrador, in general we are not seeing young people pick up hunting in the outdoors like the generation before it." Wood is also a fundraising manager for Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Hunters have been the best conservationists for many, many years and continue to do so," he noted. "From my point of view, it will be good for the conservation movement too. "They will learn respect for firearms and respect for the outdoors."

http://www.lportepilot.ca/news/local/notre-dame-rod-and-gun-club-welcome-changes-to-minimum-hunting-ages-161601/
 
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