Wow. Just when you start losing faith with politicians they come out with something like this -- really top notch legislation. There can't be a better way to boost hunter safety among youth, and it helps develop the young hunters we need as well. Truly great news! If they really wanted to boost safety in the woods, they'd try the same program for the 18-40 demographic, too.
I was at an all day meeting yesterday 3-1-03 when they talked about HB-248 I asked about the ages and everybody looked at each other like no one had ever thought about first time adult hunters. SO maybe down the line. The other bill thats looking good is all first time hunters born after 1985 would have to take a hunter education course before receiving a lic.
At any rate, it sounds like Montana's on the right track, unlike Alabama. Down here, anyone born after 1 Aug 77 must have hunter safety to buy a license. However, a license is only required for anyone 16 or older, and I haven't yet found a minimum age to hunt. So legally a kid can hunt for years down here before having to attend hunter safety.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...