HARRISBURG –Legislation sponsored by Senator Jake Corman (R-34) to authorize the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages, passed the General Assembly unanimously. The bill now has to be signed by the Governor in order to become law.
“This legislation aims to make the successful youth program available for anyone to participate with the same goal to nurture interest and gain a better understanding of hunting and wildlife conservation,” stated Senator Corman. “The Mentored Youth Hunting Program has been so successful that it has become a model for other states. Expanding this program to adults makes sense and has a proven record of providing safe instruction for those who want to try the hunting experience.”
In 2006, the Game Commission launched the Mentored Youth Hunting Program, through legislative authority, with the stated goal to expand hunting opportunities for individuals under age 12 while maintaining safety afield. Senate Bill 623 expands this voluntary opportunity to all ages.
The legislation does not alter any normal licensing procedures.