Apprentice Hunter Rule Public Comment
By Toby Trigger

Posted: June 27, 2015

Remember the article “PASSED Apprentice Hunter Bill But is it Good Or Bad For Montana” :  published by Montana Outdoor Radio Show a few months ago?   The bill as worded would allow young hunters between the ages of 10 and 12 to hunt with their parents but NOT if they had already taken and passed hunters education.

Your opportunity to comment on this bill is open until July 31, 2015.

Apprentice hunters, 10-17 years of age, will have the opportunity to obtain a certification to participate in several Montana hunting seasons later this summer. Apprentice hunters will be required to be accompanied by an adult mentor.

The Fish & Wildlife Commission is only seeking comment on the proposed rule that defines the completion of hunter education; establishes the process for designating and identifying a mentor; and defines certain mentor responsibilities.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will conduct a public hearing on the proposed rule on July 23 at 6 p.m. at FWP Helena Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave.

Comments are due July 31. For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP’s website at, then click “Apprentice Hunter Rule”. Comments also can be sent via email to; or mailed to Apprentice Hunter Rule; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Attention: Wayde Cooperider; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.

The original article published by Montana Outdoor Radio Show about this topic can be found at: