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.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...