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Back for the second year in a row, New Hampshire is offering an apprentice hunting license to give people an opportunity to hunt without completing a hunter education course. A holder of the apprentice hunting license can hunt under the guidance of an experienced hunter age 18 or older.
The license is a one-time opportunity for New Hampshire hunters. Because it can only be purchased once in a hunter's lifetime, a hunter education course must be completed before purchasing future licenses. The program seeks to draw a bigger interest and recruit new hunters who are unsure about hunting without any commitment. The apprentice hunting license also costs the same as a regular hunting license.
Certain restrictions do apply to the apprentice hunting license. First, the hunter must be accompanied by an 18 year old or older adult. According to the New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources, “accompanied” means maintaining physical direction and control at all times. The apprentice hunter must not leave the sight or hearing range of the supervisor. Lastly, the license is not eligible for moose hunting and does not apply to the three-day small game license.
Programs such as this are a great way to recruit new hunters. With many newcomers worried about committing and investing in the sport before they know if they will enjoy it, the apprentice hunting license is a great way to get new hunters started.