From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- A new Nebraska law created the Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate, which allows, under limited circumstances, some individuals to try hunting before deciding if they want to take Hunter Education classes.
The exemption, which became available Sept. 2, is not meant to be a replacement for Hunter Education or legal hunting requirements. It is one of many options the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is using to encourage people to take up hunting, which is key to the state's outdoor heritage.
People ages 12 through 29 may purchase this one-year exemption once in a lifetime for $5, with a one-year renewal for another $5. The exemption expires Dec. 31 of the year in which it is issued.
A person hunting with this exemption must have all required permits and be accompanied by a person who is at least 19 and has a valid hunting permit. The person accompanying the hunter must be in verbal and visual contact and may not accompany at one time more than two persons hunting with a hunter apprentice exemption certificate.
Firearm Hunter Education is required for hunters ages 12 through 29 who hunt with a firearm or crossbow and bowhunter Hunter Education is required for the same age group if hunting deer, antelope, elk, and bighorn sheep with bow and arrow. The exemption is designed to allow a person to try hunting, then meet the legal requirements.
The exemption may be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org, Commission offices, or any vendor that sells permits electronically.
For more information about Hunter Education, go to www.OutdoorNebraska.org or contact Commission Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter at (402) 471-6134 or email@example.com.