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Trapp
August 12, 2006, 12:45 PM
Take someone hunting! New law that passed, very good idea.

Hunter Safety Mentoring Exemption
Effective Aug. 1, 2006, anyone 16 years or older and born after May 31, 1975 can hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 or older, without having to complete the state’s hunter safety certification. The newly established “Hunter Safety Mentoring Exemption” enables those persons to purchase a Florida hunting license and hunt during a one-year trial basis.
The new mentoring exemption was passed by the Florida Legislature to help persuade more people to experience hunting. It is designed to encourage experienced hunters to teach novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting skills and respect for Florida’s outdoors.
Until now, everyone 16 or over, and born after May 31, 1975, needed to complete the hunter safety requirement before they were allowed to buy a hunting license.
“This should be a great incentive for getting more people to give hunting a try, and hopefully, we can hook some of these folks on the hunting tradition,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hunter safety coordinator Bill Cline. “If a novice hunter enjoys the sport, we hope they take the hunter safety course and continue the experience for years to come.”
Individuals taking advantage of this try-before-you-buy approach would have to take and pass a hunter safety class to be eligible to purchase a hunting license and hunt the following year.

Mannlicher
August 12, 2006, 09:26 PM
This is a good program. I will be mentoring a new hunter this fall. He owns a lot of acres near Gainesville, but has never hunted. This is mixed use land, with some under cultivation, and some in planted pines, and a large amout of wetlands. My son and I have been invited to hunt his land, and teach him about hunting. This will be a lot of fun, and I know will mean meat in the freezer.

dave0520
August 12, 2006, 09:33 PM
I'm pretty sure PA has set up a program similar to this that will start this year.