Pa. lawmakers seek to expand youth hunting program

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s mentored youth hunting program to children who are old enough to hunt but never gave it a try.

Mentored youth between the ages of 12 and 17 wouldn’t need to take the hunter safety course or buy a hunting license.

Reps. Neal P. Goodman (D-Schuylkill) and Keith Gillespie (R-York) said their legislation, House Bill 1840, would introduce older children to hunting through the guidance of an experienced hunter.

“The enjoyment of hunting is often contagious; you want to continue to participate in the sport once you are exposed to it,” Goodman said in a statement. “I’m sure that if we allow more young people to try hunting before they make significant commitments of time and money, more of them will become life-long enthusiasts and continue this great Pennsylvania tradition.”

Pennsylvania’s mentored youth hunting program is open only to children younger than 12.

Goodman and Gillespie are seeking co-sponsors for their legislation.

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