Montana Outdoors

Jan 25, 2013 6:17 PM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News

New Montana bill hopes to let youngsters hunt earlier

HAMILTON - Unlike other states, Montana children can't legally hunt until they are 12 years old. But that could change when proposed Senate Bill 197 goes before the Montana legislature, with hopes to allow an apprentice certificate for hunters like 10-year-old Taylor Wohlers.

From a young age, Taylor has been side by side with her father on hunting trips. This past summer, she went to Alaska and got her first black bear.

Taylor's mother, Jamie Wohlers says it's a shame she has to leave the state to hunt.

"She hunts in other states and other countries because she can't hunt here and we really hope that will change with this new Senate bill and allow other kids to hunt with their dads."

If the bill passes, it would also allow others who are interested in hunting to try it, before they fully commit to getting a license.

Taylor plans on testifying in Helena in favor of Bill 197.

She will also be on the show called "Skullbound TV" which airs this Wednesday on the Sportsman Channel.

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