Under Wisconsin law a kid does NOT need to take hunters safety while hunting under mentored hunting which means has an adult within arms reach and only 1 firearm/bow between them. Kids 10-11 can only hunt under the mentored law but can take hunters safety if they choose. When a kid turns 12 he has to take hunters safety if you don't want to be within arms reach but still have to be able to see the kid and you can have multiple weapons. So the question is, in your opinion would you have your kid take hunters safety at 9-10 years old to learn everything he can now and get everything pounded in his head from day 1 or would you wait until he is almost 12 and let me teach him the rules myself to start? I see both sides and can't decide if its worth it to wait and maybe he would retain more info in two years or would I rather him go through the class now to pound all safety and hunting skills including marksmanship now.