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Apprentice License Information 

The purpose of the Apprentice License Program shall be to extend limited hunting privileges, in lieu of obtaining a valid hunting license, to persons interested in learning about hunting sports.

  • Provides that an Apprentice Hunter License may be issued to a person of any age.
  • Youth under the age of 18 years old must be supervised by a validly licensed resident or nonresident parent, guardian, or grandparent.
  • Provides that a person with an Apprentice Hunter License who is 18 years of age or older must be supervised by a validly licensed resident or nonresident hunter who is 21 years of age or older.  
  • The Apprentice License shall be a one-time, non-renewable license that shall expire on March 31st of the following year.