Monday, March 03, 2008

Good News For Hunters

© By Othmar Vohringer

Hunters in Indiana and South Dakota have reason to cheerful. From the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance I received the following news

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance applauds Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for signing into law a Families Afield bill establishing an apprentice hunting license, helping to ensure the future of our nation’s hunting heritage.

This legislation, House Bill 1046, allows a resident or nonresident newcomer to hunt for three years prior to the completion of a hunter education course, if they are accompanied by a licensed adult hunter.

“The passage of this apprentice license bill in Indiana shows a strong commitment to the future of the nation’s next generation of hunters,” said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) president. “Newcomers to hunting will be able to safely experience and learn our outdoor heritage thanks to the Families Afield initiative.”

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…and from the NRA I received good news for Hunters in South Dakota.

House Bill 1263, introduced by State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33), would help preserve South Dakota’s proud hunting heritage by granting the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks rulemaking authority to establish a youth mentored hunting program for children between ages 10 and 16. The current minimum hunting age in South Dakota is 12. While licensed youth hunters would still need to take a HuntSafe course, HB 1263 would establish a “try before you buy” program allowing younger kids to experience their first hunts without a license under the direct supervision of a licensed adult.

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These are two more of a quickly growing number of U.S. states that have signed legislation into effect twill make it easier to introduce young hunters into our ranks.


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4 comments:

SimplyOutdoors said...

Great news. The apprenticeship program here in Michigan is working great. It has only been around for a couple of years.

Good to see that other states are doing the same kind of thing.

Kristine said...

I saw those articles too. I think these programs are great.

I hope Marc is successful in getting a similar program passed in New York.

adam said...

This is the first time I have heard of the apprenticeship program. It sounds really good to me. It is important to teach our young children to be good ethical safe hunters.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Yes this is good news, it seems finally more and more U.S. states and Canadian provinces relies that if they want more hunters they have to start by removing some of the hurdles.
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