Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
On August 1, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor John Carney signed into law HB 156 at a signing ceremony in Laurel, Delaware.
The bill allows veterans who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, and who have at least a 60% service-connected disability, to obtain complimentary hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Previously, only resident veterans who met those same criteria were eligible for complimentary licenses.
HB 156 was sponsored by Representative Timothy Dukes, a long-standing member of the bipartisan and bicameral Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, as well as Caucus Co-Chair Senator Brian Pettyjohn. Joining Rep. Dukes and Sen. Pettyjohn as co-sponsors were several other members of the Caucus, including Co-Chair Senator Bruce Ennis.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (13.75%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.25%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.25%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.75%)