I actually have a different take on this, to me it seems to be more of a "MONEY" maker issue. It will bring in more revenue earlier in the hunting programs. The license fees are still the same and then the Safe Hunter Course is required to allow solo hunting.
My son in law mentioned he would like to give hunting a try. He has never hunted and his only shooting experience has come from shooing skeet a few times a year. Of course he borrows my firearms for skeet, but depending on the type of hunting he would select to participate would determine additional equipment, boots, orange clothing, possibly new pants, shirts, jackets, and what about the firearms, ammo, etc. get the picture.
To us who have been hunting for years it doesn't seem like such a big deal. But check this out; I have been asked to apply for an elk permit in Montana for this fall. These guys are going to be 3-4 miles from where the park the truck for a 5 day "pack-in" hunt. This would be a great experience if drawn. Now the down side. I am predominatly a waterfowl hunter. Which means I will require "lots of NEW and different gear".
This situation could/would hold true for someone trying deer/turkey hunting for the first time to see if he/she would "like" deer/turkey hunting. So from mypoint of view, it is all a money issue.
Sorry to be negative here, but if the government is involved there always seems to be something more to a situation.
All those who purchase the "learners" permit, will have my full support and I will help any who ask for help.
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