North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1242 into law. HB 1242 will allow anyone who purchased an apprentice hunting license in 2020 to purchase an additional apprentice license in 2021 in an effort to alleviate hunter-education class backlogs brought on by COVID-19.
In North Dakota, apprentice hunters are only allowed to purchase an apprentice license for a single license year before they must complete a hunter ed course and become a regularly licensed hunter. HB 1242 was a step in the right direction for the state and will serve as a test run for further expansion of the state’s apprentice hunting opportunities beyond a single license year.
“We are happy to see North Dakota trending upward with regards to increased apprentice hunting opportunities,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “We hope the state’s wildlife agency will recognize the benefits of an expanded apprentice-hunter program as a result of this legislation becoming law.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.