Montana SB197 Apprentice Hunting Bill

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

Montana State Senator Scott Boulanger plans to introduce SB197, which would allow a person of any age to apply for an apprentice hunting certificate. That certificate would allow them to hunt with a mentor who was over 18 years of age.

While the bill does not yet have a time set yet for its first hearing, many are hoping it has a shot. Currently, 34 states have a similar program in place.

Montana ranks as one the "Top Ten" most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to youth hunter opportunity and new hunter recruitment, stated a bill supporter. The bill would help to remove barriers and gets kids and other people hunting.

Traditionally called “Families Afield,” the program gives young people a chance to try hunting before the allure of other things start to take over their life.

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