The story also provided up to date research showing that currently 21 states allow children 12 or younger to hunt alone. Within the article, a variety of people weighed-in on why they felt states should or should not pass new legislation over this issue. Strong comments from both sides of the debate were also posted, which stirred a lot of controversy. As a hunter, it was scary to read some of the viewpoints that were voiced. Basically, a lot of people felt that more gun control laws or simply doing away with firearms and hunting would be the best option for our country. Personally, I feel that it should be up to a parent (not the government) to decide when a child is old enough to hunt or start hunting alone. It's also a parent's responsibility to teach gun safety and woodsmanship skills that will prevent a tragic accident from ever occurring in a child's life. What do you think? Post a comment and let us know how you feel about the hunting age requirement issue.