Friday, August 12, 2016

New apprentice hunting license allows experienced hunters to share their skills with novice hunters

A new license went on sale July 13 that allows anyone age 16 and older to bypass the hunter education requirement for purchasing a hunting license while they give hunting a try under the direct supervision of an experienced, licensed adult hunter.

“We want to reach out to our fellow Iowans who missed hunter education when they were 12 and are now in their 20s and 30s and are interested in trying dove hunting or small game hunting,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “If they like it, we can get them in the hunter education program and hopefully they become lifelong hunters.”

The apprentice hunting license includes the habitat fee and is available to residents for $30 and nonresidents for $123.  There must be one licensed adult mentor hunter for each apprentice hunter. The apprentice hunting license may be purchased up to two times without having completed hunter education.

Resident apprentice licenses may be used to pursue small game and as the hunting license requirement for deer and turkey licenses and waterfowl stamps.  A person hunting with an apprentice license must shoot and tag their own deer or turkey.

The nonresident apprentice hunting license is not allowed as a license for nonresidents to hunt deer or turkey.

This apprentice program was approved by the Iowa legislature and signed by Governor Branstad during the 2015 session.  More information is available online at www.iowadnr.gov/learntohunt.