I was just looking through my Colorado big game brochure put out by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Again I am talking about Colorado. Colorado allows youths 16 and older to hunt without and adult. It does not distinguish rifle from pistol in the booklet. People often don't realize that hunting offers opportunities for youth that would not otherwise be legal.
Just because you cant do something in town doesn't mean you cant do it in the woods.
Again check with your local fish and game office.
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