House Bill 3800, introduced by South Carolina Rep. Bobby Cox (R- Greer), which would expand the state’s apprentice hunting program to allow new hunters to participate for three years, is set for a hearing on March 19 in the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee. The hearing will be held in the Blatt Building, Room 410, following the Agriculture Subcommittee hearing.
Take Action Today! South Carolina members should contact their representative and ask them to vote YES on House Bill 3800. Members can contact their representative by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
HB 3800 is supported by the national Families Afield effort, which is led by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. This coalition has successfully championed mentored or apprentice hunting laws in 41 states since the Families Afield program was launched in 2005, and has resulted in more than 2 million apprentice licenses sold. Research on apprentice hunting has consistently revealed that allowing people to purchase an apprentice license for three or more years results in a much higher rate of conversion to hunter education and the purchase of a regular hunting license.
“South Carolina is the only state in the Southeast that limits apprentice hunting opportunities to one year,” said Luke Houghton associate director of state services. “The conversion data is clear: those states that allow multi-year participation do a better job of converting apprentice hunters into hunter education graduates and regular license buyers. This bill will enhance South Carolina’s ability to create new hunters.”
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