Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Mississippi program allows newcomers a shot at sport

Hernando, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi conservation officials want
to sell more hunting licenses.

So, in attempt to get more people interested in the sport,
they’ve created a way for non-hunters to try hunting without
investing much time or money.

Mississippi’s new three-day apprentice hunting license allows
resident non-hunters to hunt three days this season for only
$7.

The apprentice license also allows people to try the sport
without taking a hunter education course.

So the standard excuses many people use for not hunting are
officially gone.

“We’re getting ready to kick off a campaign called ‘Take a
Friend Hunting,”’ said Jason Thompson of the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

“We’re challenging current hunters to take a friend, family
member or neighbor that’s never been. The three-day apprentice
license allows non-hunters to hunt this season with a minimal
investment of time and money.”

Mississippi has had an apprentice license available for many
years. But that was an annual license, and the price tag was still
a little too high for people who only wanted to hunt for one or two
days.

The new three-day license is designed for people who plan to
hunt one weekend.

“We believe the three-day apprentice license will draw people to
the sport because it’s so cost-effective,” Thompson said. “A lot
of people don’t want to pay full price for a license when they know
they’ll only be hunting one or two days. This helps them try the
sport without laying out too much cash.”

When purchasing a regular hunting license in Mississippi,
hunters who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, are required to
complete a hunter education course — an exercise that usually
takes two or three days.

Those hunter education requirements are waived for people
purchasing the three-day apprentice license as long as the
purchaser goes with a certified hunter who is at least 21 years
old.

“This is a one-time license for people who want to try the
sport,” Thompson said. “Some people may buy the license and decide
never to hunt again. That’s OK.

“But what we’re hoping is that some people will buy the
apprentice license, like what they see and go purchase a regular
license in the future.”

Those who purchase the three-day apprentice license will still
have to meet other requirements for certain kinds of hunting.
Waterfowl hunters will still have to purchase all necessary duck
stamps, and those hunting on wildlife management areas will still
have to have a WMA permit.

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