A new mentoring program for young hunters is proving to be a big hit.
The new state law enacted earlier this year allows hunters to serve as a mentor for others who are interested in the sport. DNR “Learn to Hunt” coordinator Ben Mott says over 10,000 people have purchased the special license since the program started.
Mott says many families have been waiting for an opportunity like this, which allows children to learn about hunting starting at the age of 10.
Mentors are allowed to take one unlicensed hunter with them. There can only be one gun or bow between them and they can’t be within arm’s reach at all times.
Mott says the program provides a great way for those of any age to learn more about hunting. He says it can be an easy way for them to decide if they want to committ to the sport with hunter safety education classes.
The majority of licenses sold have been for the upcoming gun deer hunt.