Idaho: Governor Otter Signs Apprentice Hunting Bill Into Law

Posted on March 14, 2014

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Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter (R) signed House Bill 399 into law.  This NRA-supported legislation will lower the minimum age to hunt big game from twelve years to ten years, while retaining the requirement that an individual younger than twelve must be accompanied in the field by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.  HB 399 seeks to recruit and retain more hunters in the Gem State through the expansion of hunting rights to more individuals and encourages younger generations to take up this sport.  This legislation will also keep economic resources in Idaho and bring in additional revenue through increased sales of resident junior big game tags and non-resident junior mentored big game tags.  HB 399 passed in the Idaho Senate by a 24 to 11 vote on March 6 and passed in the state House of Representatives by a 51 to 16 vote on February 19.  This legislation will take effect on July 1, 2014.

The NRA thanks Governor Otter for signing this bill into law.

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