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    Indiana Governor Signs Law Establishing Apprentice Hunting License

    (INDIANAPOLIS) – The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance applauds Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for signing into law a Families Afield bill establishing an apprentice hunting license, helping to ensure the future of our nation’s hunting heritage.

    This legislation, House Bill 1046, allows a resident or nonresident newcomer to hunt for three years prior to the completion of a hunter education course, if they are accompanied by a licensed adult hunter.

    “The passage of this apprentice license bill in Indiana shows a strong commitment to the future of the nation’s next generation of hunters,” said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) president. “Newcomers to hunting will be able to safely experience and learn our outdoor heritage thanks to the Families Afield initiative.”

    The Families Afield campaign was established by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation and National Wild Turkey Federation in 2004 to urge states to eliminate unnecessary hunting age restrictions and ease hunter education mandates for first-time hunters.

    “Parents know, far better than anyone else, when their sons and daughters are ready to begin hunting,” said Chris Dolnack, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “This bill empowers families to share and pass on their hunting heritage.”

    Together, with the support of the National Rifle Association and state and local sportsmen’s organization, the partnership has worked to ensure support for these measures. With the addition of Indiana, a total of 23 states have now enacted Families Afield style bills since the program was launched in 2004.

    “We would like to thank all of the Familes Afield partners and the Indiana sporting groups involved in supporting this bill. This was truly a team effort,” said Glen Salmon, Fish and Wildlife Director of the Indiana Department Natural Resources. “We also thank Governor Daniels and the state legislators for signing the bill and for recognizing the importance of this issue.”

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects 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. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,
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    Deer Management Threatened in Indiana

    Deer Management Threatened in Indiana Bill Sets Arbitrary Increase for Deer Harvests

    A new Indiana bill increasing the bag limit for deer in thirty counties has substituted politics for scientific wildlife management.

    House Bill 1585 was introduced by Representative Bill Friend (R- Macy). The bill politicizes wildlife management by permitting the legislature, not the state wildlife management agency, to have jurisdiction over setting seasons and bag limits.

    According to the bill, the Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife is mandated to double the seasonal bag limit for deer in each of the thirty counties that experienced the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions as reported by the state police department. The new limits would begin in the 2009 hunting season and continue through the end of the 2011 season.

    According to Rick Story, senior vice president of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, “It’s a slippery slope whenever politicians get involved in wildlife management. It is a highly scientific process that should be handled by the responsible agency and not be made a political football.”
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella