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Apprentice hunting licenses now available in New Hampshire

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- A new law which took effect Jan. 1 allows people who are interested in hunting or bowhunting a chance to hunt under the guidance of an experienced hunter without taking a Hunter Education course first. It's called the New Hampshire Apprentice Hunting License.

The licensed apprentice hunter is allowed to hunt only when accompanied by a properly licensed hunter who is 18 years of age or older. Accompanied is defined as maintaining actual physical direction and control,  keeping the apprentice within sight and hearing at all times without use of electronic devices.

The apprentice hunting license is the same price as a regular resident or nonresident hunting license, and can be purchased only at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H., or by mail. For more information, see http://www.wildnh.com/Licensing/license_forms.htm.

An Apprentice Hunting License can only be purchased once; it is valid from the date of purchase through the end of the calendar year.

To hunt in a future year, first complete a hunter education or bowhunter education course, then buy a regular New Hampshire hunting license. Register for Hunter Education at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.

"The Apprentice Hunting License is a new opportunity for sharing the hunting experience," said Steve Weber, Fish and Game Wildlife Division chief. "This program is a great way to provide a positive first-time experience for older new hunters who never had the chance to go hunting as a youth."

By instituting the program, New Hampshire follows the lead of approximately thirty states that have established some kind of apprentice hunting program over the past five years.

For more information, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice_FAQs.htm.

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