Absolutely NOT!!!!!!!!!! Each child is different, and it's the parents who should make the decisions regarding when to start a child shooting and hunting. There is already way too much governmental control and intrusion into our lives as it is.
My father and grandfather started me out when I was about 8 years old, and by the time I was 10, I had killed my first deer. I started Travis shooting and handling a gun at the age of 5, and actually had him sitting on a deer stand with a gun (within eye sight of me), also at 5. He killed his first deer also at age 10, and has been taking a stand on his own since he was 8.
Personally, I'm not in favor of forced Hunter's Ed, in order to get a hunting license. I view this as an income source for the companies that offer the courses, and after taking the course myself, failed to see anything in the course that actually taught the first thing about hunting. The course should be titled, what it actually is, which is gun and archery safety!
Thankfully, here in SC, the requirement of Hunter's Ed. is that it must be completed in order to get a regular hunting license at age 16. The age at which a kid can legally hunt is up to the individual parents, just as it should be and the way in which it traditionally has always been.
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