Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 357 unanimously by voice vote. SB 357 would increase the amount of times an individual over the age of 16 could apply for an apprentice hunting license and provide them with the opportunity to enjoy this activity while learning from an experienced mentor. Currently, Kansas allows anyone over the age of 16 to apply for an apprentice license one time before requiring they attend hunter education. The existing law hinders those interested in learning from an experienced family member or friend because of weather conditions, game populations, or other factors potentially limiting the hunting experience of an apprentice who is currently allowed a one-time deferral. Increasing the deferral allowance will assist new hunters in their endeavor to learn and allow more individuals to participate in Kansas’ rich hunting heritage.
SB 357 has been sent to the state House of Representatives where it is now awaiting assignment to committee and consideration. Your NRA thanks all Senators who voted in favor of this pro-hunting legislation. As SB 357 moves through the state House, we will keep you informed. As always, check www.nraila.org and your e-mail for future legislative updates.