Youth hunting may boost state's economy

Capital News Service
LANSING – More turkey hunting licenses will be issued this year to lure young people outdoors, a step which may help improve the state’s economy said Rodney Stokes, director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A new $7.50 mentored youth hunting license package started on March 1, according to the DNR. The spring turkey season which runs from April 25 to May 13. “It is a good way to teach children about the importance of conserving the state’s unmatched natural resources and ensure the hunting tradition continues to thrive,” Stokes said. The new mentoring program will eliminate the minimum hunting age and let parents decide if and when their child is ready to hunt.