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South Dakota Governor Signs Youth Hunting Bill into Law!

Friday, March 14, 2008

On Thursday, March 13, Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed House Bill 1263 into law. 

Introduced by State Representative Mike Buckingham (R-33), this important legislation will 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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