In Pennsylvania this past week Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 274, which allows an adult mentor to transfer one of their antlerless tags to a youth participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The Board of Commissioners are finalizing this bill so that it will take effect for the 2011-12 hunting season.
The Mentored Youth Hunting Program allows adults to mentor children younger than 12 that they deem able to hunt. 12 is when youngsters can get their own hunting licenses. The youth is not allowed to carry the gun and must remain an arms length away until the adult sets it up and the firearm must remain stationary. Most of the game the youth is allowed to hunt is more stationary as well, which is a reason why the commissioners wanted to allow them to hunt antlerless. In most areas there are more antlerless deer and bagging big game will help to keep the youth interested and excited about hunting. The animals the youths are currently able to hunt are squirrels, groundhogs, coyote, antlered deer and spring gobbler. From the Pocono Record .