New 3 Day Apprentice License to Give People a Taste of Hunting

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Mississippi has offered an apprentice license for years now, but it was an annual license and still more than some people may want to pay if they only wanted to hunt for a day or two. So a new idea sprung up to get more people to try hunting, a 3 day apprentice license. With this license a non hunter can go out for a weekend, and see if they like it.

$7 buys a resident a 3 day apprentice license. With it they must go with someone who is 21 years of age or older who is a certified hunter. Some may go out and never want to go again, but Mississippi conservation officers are hoping that they will get some annual license sales as a result of this new program.

"We're getting ready to kick off a campaign called 'Take a Friend Hunting,'" said Jason Thompson of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. They are hoping that hunters will invite family, friends, neighbors on their next hunting venture. So high expenses is out as an excuse not to hunt, and also with the 3 day apprentice license one is not required to complete a hunter's education course, which usually takes 1-2 days to complete. So lack of time is out as an excuse as well, especially if a person can only go out for a weekend. From


numbnutz's picture

This sounds like a great idea

This sounds like a great idea to recruit new hunter into the sport. It will also help get the kids out there hunting. It would be nice to see more states doing stuff like this. But I guess not every state has a deer population that could support that much pressure and harvet. I wonder what there estimated deer population is down in Mississippi. I also like the fact when state offer a reduced fee for kids licence's and tag. anything to get them motovated to be out hunting. States can offer such programs like this one but it's up to us hunter to get the word out and start recruitimg friends and family that don't hunt yet. Get them out there and show them the ropes.

Retired2hunt's picture

You are right Ca-Vermonster. 

You are right Ca-Vermonster.  They must have a lot of deer in that state.  Here are the specifics of their bag limits for Deer...

Antlered Buck Deer: The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day, not to exceed three (3) per license year. Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone. For youth fifteen (15) years of age and younger hunting on private lands and authorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of their three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer regardless of number of points, inside spread, or beam length.

Antlerless Deer: The bag limit on antlerless deer is one (1) per day not to exceed five (5) per license year.

That is a lot of venison in the freezer!



Ca_Vermonster's picture

I love to see places that

I love to see places that offer these types of hunts.  Most states have incorporated some type of youth hunt, to let the kids get out and have a taste of the outdoors.  However, I like what Mississippi has done by making it an "apprentice" hunt.  There are lots of people out there who are no longer "youths" that would like to get the opportunity. 

And heck, only $7?  Heck, that's half the price of a movie, or the same you'd spend on a combo meal at Carl's Jr. or something.  I bet alot of people take advantage of this opportunity.

Very cool!  I know they are overrun with deer in parts of Mississippi, so I wonder how many they'll be able to take in those 3 days?  I see it says that they must follow all requirements, but not sure what the bag limits are.

Retired2hunt's picture

  It is a great idea and


It is a great idea and Mississippi has taken the program 1 step further than the many other states that currently have the program.  $7 for a 3-day license is cheap and definitely a motivator.  This definitely compliments their annual apprentice license that allows more flexibility and a 2nd or 3rd or more hunts.  Ohio has the same annual apprentice program and they allow a total of 3 purchases of an apprentice license in a lifetime... but for $19.  

A possible drawback is really these apprentice licenses to me are only good for maybe a small game outing or maybe something a little larger (turkey) as long as the permit is reasonable.  Since the other tag/permit requirements are still needed the money starts adding up and the motivation factor decreases.  But I also don't see anything wrong with a small game hunt as an introduction. 

I too wish we had the program in this state.  I was just sharing with my neighbor recently my latest hunt and a program like this would help entice him in participating with me.



GooseHunter Jr's picture

That sounds like a great idea

That sounds like a great idea to me also.  There are alot of people out there who would like to give hunting a try but alot of time the cost is really what stops them.  I have taken out some people for their first time waterfowl hunting and most of the time they are using my guns and gear.  Most of them have fallen in love with it and are just addicted to it as I am.  Others are gald they went before they bought some gear...I guess sitting in a cold pit for the day is just not for everyone.  Would be nice to see some western states try something like this out.

hunter25's picture

This sounds like a great idea

This sounds like a great idea to me. There have been several people that have expressed an interest in learning about hunting with me but when they discover what they have to spend to get started they usually back out. I always offer to take them out with me but being unable to activeley participate looses some of the appeal for some. With this program they can try it out 100% and then decide if they want to continue. I would just make sure that the new permit is a one time thing and moves up to full price the next year like ot is for everyone else.

I ususally try to get people into the outdoors with the free fishing weekend every year with very good success.