Know someone who really wants to try hunting but hasn’t made the time to take a Hunter Education class? New next year (starting January 1, 2012), New Hampshire will offer an Apprentice Hunting License to anyone who wishes to hunt but who has not yet completed a hunter education program or is not able to provide proof of a previous hunting or archery license. An Apprentice Hunting License will allow a friend, family member or co-worker to hunt, for one year only, when accompanied by a properly licensed person who is 18 years of age or over. The fees for the Apprentice Hunting License are the same as for a resident or nonresident Regular Hunting License, Archery License, or nonresident Small Game Hunting License.
The apprentice hunter must purchase any other permits or licenses required for hunting (such as turkey, pheasant, muzzleloader, etc.). The properly licensed person accompanying the apprentice is fully accountable for any damage incurred or for any violations that may be committed by the apprentice while hunting. So, it’s a big responsibility, but you may end up creating a hunter and a future hunting buddy for yourself.
Some exclusions you should know about: The Apprentice Hunting License is not valid to take moose, doesn’t apply to the 3-day nonresident small game license, and cannot be used as proof of a previous license when purchasing a hunting license in the future. An Apprentice Hunting License may be purchased only once in the lifetime of the hunter. It is available only through the Fish and Game office in Concord.
Take someone hunting in 2012; share the past and shape the future. Have fun, be safe and good hunting!