With the new law eliminating an age limit to get a license, it's up to parents. Some think those parents are taking home extra game. But, for Morgan Jones, it's a bonding moment between father and son.
"They don't have any gaming systems at dad's house, they have BB guns and bows and camo," Jones said.
This fall, his six-year-old Gauge shot his first deer. He could do that because Wisconsin changed its hunting laws.
"Anyone of any age can purchase a mentored hunting license," Todd Schaller from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said on a Facebook video from the DNR.
Ultimately it's up to the parents to decide.
"They could purchase it at 9 or 8 or younger," Schaller said.
And many did purchase licenses for children younger than that. Out of more than 1,800 mentored hunting licenses, 1,011 licenses went to nine-year-olds, 28 licenses went to five-year-olds, and 24 licenses went to kids four-years-old or younger, including 10 kids under one-year-old.
Frederick Prehn is on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.
"I think the spirit of the law, my interpretation, is that it's the parents' responsibility," Prehn said.
Jones takes the responsibility seriously and knew Gauge was ready.
"He wasn't just out for the kill shot, he knew that it was putting food on the table for his family," Jones said.
Even though his four-year-old could have gotten a license, he didn't.
"Maybe at four years old some of them are ready to make that decision," he said. "But I didn't feel that my four-year-old was ready to do it by himself yet."
Prehn understands why some people would buy a license even if a child isn't going into the woods.
"Somebody would buy it just for nostalgic reasons," he said. "Obviously a toddler or an infant doesn't have the mental capacity to understand what's happening."