Nationwide Uproar Over Hunting Regulation Changes

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Federal Government Changed The Minimum Age …

The new hunting regulations came into effect on 1 July 2015 and family hunting trips will never be the same again.

The National Rifle Association is currently running a petition to appeal these changes suggesting each state should have the ability to decide who can hunt and when.

Strong penalties can be enforced when people are apprehended breaking these new regulations, for example, hunters can lose their licences for up to a year, weapons and hunting tools can be confiscated, a guilty verdict may even lead to imprisonment.

Family hunting expeditions like the one shown will be a thing of the past.

The United States Government has decided 2015 is the year to enact a new nationwide “minimum hunting age” of 21. Previously, each state has set its own minimum age for a hunter to hunt alone and sometimes a different age for minors to hunt while in the company of an adult.

The federal regulation, set to go into effect on July 1st, 2015, will supersede all existing hunting age restrictions in all fifty U.S. states. For example, prior to this ruling Alaska had no license require for any hunters under the age of 15; meaning that a four-year old could go out and hunt game with or without adult supervision. Under the new policy, any hunters under the age of 21 will be locked out of the sport and all hunters over 21 will be required to show a national hunting license upon request from a game warden.

In addition to the nationwide minimum hunting age now being 21, all hunters will have to take a federally sponsored annual “hunting safety and wildlife appreciation” course which will feature a written exam that must be passed to be eligible to receive a National Hunting License. All prospective hunters must also pass an annual physical endurance test and receive clearance from their primary care physician. Under these new regulations, individual state licenses will no longer be required and state game wardens will become federalized.

Younger hunters will be able to first take the safety and appreciation course starting at the age of 19. They will then be allowed to participate in no more than three ‘mock hunts’ per year which will be organized by the federally approved groups offering the courses. The ‘mock hunt’ will not feature live ammunition or live game but will attempt to simulate an actual hunt as closely as possible. 20-year-old prospective hunters will be able to apply for a license up to sixty days before their birthday, however, the license will not be valid until their actual date of birth.

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Source: Read the full story in the National Report

Image Source: Used in the above and originally from here 

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