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New for 2012, mentored hunting for youth in Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

-- Michigan will provide new hunting opportunities for youth under the age of 10 by creating a mentored hunting program for the 2012 hunting season. The program is known as the Hunter Heritage Program.

The new law provides hunting opportunities for youths under the age of 10 by allowing them to hunt in conjunction with the mentored youth hunting program.  The Natural Resources Commission has been charged with developing the program.

The law also creates a mentored youth hunting license so youths to participate in a wide variety of hunting opportunities on a single license.  Mentored youth hunting license holders will be able to hunt deer, turkey, small game, trap fur-bearers and fish for all species on one license.    

Under the new law: 
  
 A parent or legal guardian of the minor child must apply for the license on behalf of the child.
 A mentored youth hunting license will cost $7.50.
 The mentor, who must be at least 21 and possess a valid hunting license, will need to accompany the youth at all times.
 At age 10 the youth will no longer be eligible for a mentored youth hunting license, but will need to either take hunter safety and then purchase a regular license, or hunt under an apprentice license for up to two years.

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