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    Kentucky Families Afield Regulations Open Doors for New Hunters- (12/15)

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    Kentucky hunting regulations have been modified to encourage hunter recruitment. It is the latest state to approve Families Afield regulations that will help break down hunting barriers.

    On Dec. 8, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission approved regulations that exempt new hunters from hunter education for one year if they hunt under direct supervision of a licensed, adult mentor. The new rules also revise the age at which hunter education becomes mandatory, from 10 years old to 12 years old.

    The adjustments came after wildlife officials met with a trio of hunting organizations Ė the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and National Wild Turkey Federation - that are promoting the Families Afield campaign.

    The concept for Families Afield was established by the partnership of sportsmenís groups after results of a study called the Youth Hunting Report revealed declining youth involvement in outdoor sports and pointed to reasons for the sliding numbers.

    The regulations were proposed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The nine commission members unanimously approved the changes, which take effect July 1, 2007.

    The changes make Kentucky one of 12 states to approve Families Afield bills and regulations. The new laws lower hunting age restrictions, create mentored hunting programs, and ease hunter education mandates. They open the door for millions of hunters to introduce children and newcomers to the sport.

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    Sportsmen Must Defend Against Kentucky Animal Control A

    March 3, 2008

    Sportsmen Must Defend Against Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board Changes
    Immediate action needed

    Legislation that will guarantee two seats for a known anti-hunting organization on the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board has been introduced by Senator Tom Buford, R- Nicholasville. Sportsmenís grassroots action is imperative if this bill is to be stopped.

    On February 29 Senate Bill 206 was introduced by Senator Buford. If passed, the bill will allow noted anti-hunting group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to control two seats on the Board. HSUS will submit a list of three Kentucky residents of its choosing and two of those candidates will be selected to the Board.

    The Animal Control Advisory Board is part of the Department of Agriculture and was created for evaluating applications for and reviewing disbursements from the animal control and care fund, creating training programs and other duties relating to animal control in Kentucky.

    ďSportsmen should be outraged and must take action to prevent SB 206 from allowing HSUS to influence the Board with its animal rights views,Ē said Rob Sexton, vice president of government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance (USSA).

    A bill such as this will allow the anti-hunting movement to gain yet another foothold while setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.

    Take Action! Kentucky sportsmen must contact their Legislators today. Urge them to oppose SB 206, which guarantees Board membership to two people hand picked by the Humane Society of the United States.

    To find your Kentucky legislators, call (800) 372-7181 or use the Legislative Action Center at

    The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmenís organizations that protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,
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