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10/30/2020 2:42:12 PM
Posted: 9/7/2019 11:49:16 AM EST
I have a friend that would like to take his kid out small game hunting and was wondering if his kid can use a pellet gun to take game.

His kid is not old enough to take hunters safety, but can he still hunt under the direct supervision of his father?
Link Posted: 9/7/2019 9:34:27 PM EST
Not sure where the pellet gun falls in for legality, but yes, the kid can hunt with his dad-as in, dad has to be close enough to make sure he's being safe. Taking my daughter out in a couple weeks for youth deer season. For us, her gun will be the only one, and I did confirm with DNR there is no minimum age for the tag.

I'd call a DNR officer in your county and ask about the pellet gun. Based on my experience with vermin though, he'll be better off with a .22 or .410. With vermin you don't care if they get away. Game, you want to eat or stuff it, so you don't want to lose it.
Link Posted: 10/16/2019 4:39:42 PM EST
Father needs to have a hunting license, kid needs to be under 16.  Kids between the age of 12-15 can hunt unsupervised if they have passed the hunters safety course and have a valid license.

I did not see anything specific about pellet guns in the reg's.  I'm assuming we are talking about rabbit or squirrel hunting.  I would not see a problem if you take range and accuracy into consideration.  High quality pellet guns have no problems taking small critters if the shooter does their job, but I wouldn't recommend a cheap Crossman.  A decent .22 would be a better choice overall.  Best thing for him to do is contact the county DNR officer with questions.

PDF of the DNR reg's is at this link:  https://www.iowadnr.gov/hunting/hunting-licenses-laws

He should sit down with his kid and review the reg's, it will be a good primer before they take the hunting safety class when they get older.
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