[FREDERICTON, NB] – The New Brunswick government is seeking public input on lowering the legal age for hunting to 12 from 14.
The deadline for public input is Aug. 14.
Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northup says the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation asked for the change in an effort to attract young people to hunting.
He says the age change would conform with federal legislation and with most other jurisdictions in North America.
The government is looking at amend regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Act to permit the change on Sept. 1.
The proposed regulations would allow youths between 12 and 16 to hunt small game and varmints while accompanied by an adult after they have completed firearms safety and hunter education courses.