Michigan's New Law Creates Mentored Hunting Program
A new law recently signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder 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.
"This is a great opportunity for Michigan's youth," said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. "Our youngsters can start hunting earlier with a safe program, which can have a lifelong impact on their interest in conservation and natural resources. Since becoming Director, I made increasing participation in our hunting heritage one of my top four priorities. This program will help us achieve that goal."
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 (NRC) has been charged with developing the program under the law. The law also creates a mentored youth hunting license, which allows mentored 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 this license.
In the coming months, the NRC will engage both department staff and external partners in developing the mentored youth hunting program, with the objective of having the program start in the 2012 license year.
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.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hunter Heritage Law/Mentored Youth Hunting Program
What does the new law do?
The law allows youths, under the age of 10, to hunt with a mentor. Mentored youths will be required to obtain a mentored youth hunting license and hunt in conjunction with the mentored youth hunting program, which is now being developed.
When does the program begin?
In the coming months, the NRC will engage with both department staff and external partners in developing the mentored youth hunting program, with the objective of having this program up and running for the 2012 license year.
How much will a mentored youth hunt license cost?
The cost for a mentored youth license is $7.50. The fee was established in the legislation that created the license.
What hunting privileges are provided under this license?
Resident small game, combination deer, spring and fall turkey, all-species fishing, and resident fur harvesters.
What is the apprentice license?
The apprentice license is for anyone 10 years of age and older who has not received hunter safety certification. An individual may hunt with an apprentice license for two license years. A regular licensed hunter who is 21 years or older must accompany the apprentice license holder into the field.
What license do I purchase once I receive my hunter safety certification?
If you are 10 years of age or older with hunter safety certification, you can purchase regular hunting licenses.