NH: “Take a friend — Make a hunter” New Hampshire First: Apprentice hunting licenses become available January 1

CONCORD, N.H. — Have you ever had a friend who you know would
enjoy hunting if they only had a chance to try it? Or perhaps
you’re a non-hunter who has always wanted to go along on a hunt to
see what it’s all about. Now you can have your chance. A new law
takes effect January 1, 2012, that allows people who are interested
in trying hunting or bowhunting an opportunity to do so under the
guidance of an experienced hunter without having to take a Hunter
Education course first. It’s called the New Hampshire Apprentice
Hunting License. Here’s how it works:

* The licensed apprentice hunter is allowed to hunt only when
accompanied by a properly licensed hunter who is 18 years of age or
older. “Accompanied” means maintaining actual physical direction
and control — keeping the apprentice within sight and hearing at
all times (without use of electronic devices).

* The apprentice hunting license is the same price as a regular
resident or nonresident hunting license. It can be purchased only
at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord,
N.H., or by mail (visit

* You can purchase an Apprentice Hunting License only once in
your lifetime. It is valid from the date of purchase through the
end of the calendar year.

* If you want to hunt in a future year, you must first complete
a hunter education or bowhunter education course, then buy a
regular New Hampshire hunting license. Register for Hunter
Education at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.

“The Apprentice Hunting License is an exciting new opportunity
for sharing the hunting experience,” said Steve Weber, Chief of the
N.H. Fish and Game Wildlife Division. “Like our successful youth
hunting program, in which youngsters go afield under the
supervision of an adult mentor, this program is a great way to
provide a positive first-time experience for older new hunters who
never had the chance to go hunting as a youth.”

In instituting the program, New Hampshire follows the lead of
approximately thirty states that have established some kind of
apprentice hunting program over the past five years.

Want to know more? Fish and Game has put together some
Frequently Asked Questions about the new Apprentice Hunting
License, at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice_FAQs.htm.


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