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Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill to be Heard Tuesday, April 6!

Friday, April 2, 2010

House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), will be heard in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m., in Room 8 of the State House. 

H. 243 would establish a mentored hunting license that would allow prospective hunters to try their hand at hunting before completing a hunter education course.  Apprentice hunters would have to be directly supervised in the field by a mentor who is at least 21 years-old and who holds a valid hunting license.  Experience in more than two-dozen other states with these laws show that this kind of mentored hunting program is exceptionally safe and will bring many new hunters into the field.  There is no reason to believe that the citizens of Vermont will prove to be the exception to this outstanding track record. 

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.  For every 100 Vermont hunters who permanently quit hunting, only 77 replace them.  This slide must be reversed and H. 243 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.  In the end, more citizens will complete hunter education and join the hunting ranks as a result.

Please contact your State Senator and encourage him or her to support H. 243.  Contact information for the Vermont State Senate can be found by clicking here

Contact information for the members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee can be found below.

State Senator Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – Chair
(802) 863-6129
vlyons@leg.state.vt.us

State Senator Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – Vice Chair
(802) 433-5867
mmacdonald@leg.state.vt.us

State Senator Richard McCormack (D-Windsor)
(802) 234-5497
rmccormack@leg.state.vt.us

State Senator Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden)
(802) 482-4382
dsnelling@leg.state.vt.us

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