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On May 30, the Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted another Caucus luncheon, which was attended by Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) New England States Coordinator Joe Mullin, along with several in-state and national conservation organizations and industry-related partners.
With the majority of bills having made their way through committees, members had the opportunity to discuss their communal efforts thus far and what steps must be taken in the remaining weeks of the legislative session. One such topic of discussion was the effectiveness of the state’s apprentice hunting license program and ways to expand the general public’s understanding and appreciation for such opportunities as well as ways that Maine can advance the program in the future.
Apprentice hunting licenses offer individuals the opportunity to participate in a hunt under the direct tutelage of a licensed hunter before having to complete a hunter’s education course. Several Caucus members shared success stories of recruiting new participants to hunting through this apprentice program and advocated for the need to promote its effectiveness towards creating life-long hunters and license buyers.
CSF has long-promoted the benefits of apprentice hunting licenses and efforts towards encouraging novice hunter participation at any age. They offer apprentice hunters the chance to partake in hands-on learning experiences and provide the motivation to complete a formal hunting education course.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.52%)
- 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). (11.52%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.40%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.57%)