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Nevada: Apprentice Hunting Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Please Contact the Governor Today!

Earlier today, the Nevada Senate unanimously passed Assembly Bill 246.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jim Gibbons (R) for his consideration. 

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. 

The Governor has expressed some concerns with the administrative process in relation to some components of the bill.  It is vital that Nevada’s sportsmen voice their support for the apprentice hunter program.  This dramatic step toward improving the state’s abysmal hunter recruitment rate is too important to reject because of administrative concerns that can be addressed during the next legislative session.

Please contact the Governor TODAY and respectfully urge him to sign AB246 into law.  Governor Gibbons can be reached by phone at (775) 684-5670 or visit http://gov.state.nv.us/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm to send email.
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