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South Dakota: Youth Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Moves to Governor!

Friday, February 29, 2008

On Tuesday, February 26, the State Senate passed House Bill 1263 by a 24-11 margin.  HB1263 now heads to Governor Mike Rounds (R) for his consideration.

Introduced by State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33), this important legislation 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 Hunt Safe 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.

This bill is part of the Families Afield Initiative, a cooperative effort between NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and National Shooting Sports Foundation. 

Thank you to all the NRA members who contacted their State Legislators in support of this important bill.  Without you, passage of this bill would have been impossible.
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