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Apprentice Hunting Bill Advancing in Nevada!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Please Contact the Members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee Today!

Last Friday, the Nevada House passed Assembly Bill 246 by a 38-2 vote.  The bill now heads to the Senate where it will be considered by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

Introduced by Assemblyman David Bobzien (D-24), AB246 would establish an apprentice hunting license that would allow prospective hunters 12 years old and older to try their hand at hunting before completing a hunter education course.  Apprentice hunters would be required to be directly supervised in the field by a mentor who is at least 18 years old and who holds a valid Nevada hunting license.  Experience in more than two dozen other states shows that this apprentice hunting program is exceptionally safe and will bring many new hunters into the field. 

Hunter recruitment is critical to the long-term preservation of our hunting heritage.  Hunter numbers are declining and radical anti-hunting organizations like the Humane Society of the United States are doing everything they can to keep people from hunting.  Nevada currently ranks 49th among the states in hunter recruitment.  For every 100 Nevada hunters who permanently quit hunting, only 30 new hunters replace them.  This slide must be reversed, and AB246 will help in this effort. 

Research shows that overly burdensome regulations deter citizens from trying hunting for the first time.  This includes the current requirement that virtually all prospective hunters complete hunter education.  An apprentice hunting program allows people a “try it before they buy it” opportunity.  Ultimately, many will want to complete a hunter education course in order to hunt on their own and pursue game that requires special tags.  In the end, more citizens will complete hunter education and join the hunter ranks as a result.

Please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support AB246.  Contact information can be found below.

State Senator David R. Parks - Chair                     
(775) 684-6504
dparks@sen.state.nv.us 

State Senator Allison Copening - Vice Chair                     
(775) 684-1475
acopening@sen.state.nv.us

State Senator Bernice Mathews                                     
(775) 684-1433
bmathews@sen.state.nv.us

State Senator Bob Coffin                                               
(775) 684-1427
bcoffin@sen.state.nv.us

State Senator Dean A. Rhoads                                      
(775) 684-1447
drhoads@sen.state.nv.us

State Senator Mark E. Amodei                                       
(775) 684-1470
mamodei@sen.state.nv.us

State Senator Dennis Nolan                                           
(775) 684-1421
dnolan@sen.state.nv.us

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