Monday, January 25, 2010

WISCONSIN'S MENTORED HUNTING LAW HITS THE TARGET

From NSSF:

WISCONSIN'S MENTORED HUNTING LAW HITS THE TARGET . . . After the first season of mentored hunting in Wisconsin, officials are calling the program an unqualified success, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We had good participation and, most importantly, an excellent safety record, said Randy Stark, chief conservation warden with the state's Department of Natural Resources. Some 10,564 young people aged 10 and 11 were introduced to hunting last fall in Wisconsin because of a new law that became effective Sept. 1, 2009, and 13,271 mentored hunting licenses were sold. Wisconsin is one of 28 states to adopt Families Afield legislation, an initiative of NSSF, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, to break down barriers preventing young people from hunting with their families and other supervisory adults.

Note from Eric - Hopefully Vermont's Apprentice hunting bill (H243) will move this winter. Currently it is in Ways and Means after passing out of Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources last session.

4 comments:

  1. I spoke with Rep Adams, chair of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources committee. He has urged the chair of Ways and Means to combine this bill with the Fish and Wildlife fee bill. The Fee bill is not controversial and raises the basic hunting and fishing license fee by $2. It is a pretty sure bet to pass.
    I'd urge everyone to contact members of the Ways and Means committee to do just this and express their support of the Apprentice hunting bill.
    # HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
    Obuchowski of Rockingham, Chair
    Ancel of Calais, Vice Chair
    Branagan of Georgia, Ranking Member
    Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerk
    Condon of Colchester
    Greshin of Warren
    Howard of Rutland City
    Johnson of Canaan
    Masland of Thetford
    Sharpe of Bristol
    Zuckerman of Burlington
    contact data at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/legdir2.htm

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  2. Correction - Steve is the House minority leader

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  3. At our last meeting the Vermont Wildlife Partnership endorsed the idea of including H 243 into the Dept Fee bill.
    I hope the Federation of Sportsmen's clubs will also.

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