Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wisconsin mentored hunting bill signed

Wisconsin Governor Signs Families Afield Bill

BARRIERS REMOVED IN 29 STATES . . . A nearly five-year effort to remove barriers for young hunters in Wisconsin came to a close Thursday when Gov. Jim Doyle signed legislation that will provide young people ages 10 and over with the opportunity to get in the field and experience hunting with a licensed mentor. The legislation is the culmination of nearly five years of work for the Families Afield program, founded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. The cornerstone of the program has been the apprentice hunting concept, which is embodied in the new Wisconsin law. "Replacing our ranks as older sportsmen leave hunting is critical to conservation and hunting," said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. "This new law is a major tool for accomplishing that important task." Video: Legislators and groups involved share their thoughts on Wisconsin's new law.

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