WOODS CROSS – A new hunting program is aiming at getting more non-hunters involved in the sport.
Utah’s newest program is called “Trial Hunting” and kicked off in August in the hopes of getting non-hunters to tag along with hunters.
The overall goal is get the sport of hunting on the map by increasing the number of participants.
The program specifically said it will allow a licensed hunter over 21 years old to take a non-hunter over 12 years old hunting.
The person tagging along, however, must also have the proper licenses and permits and complete a Trial Hunting Program orientation course, available on the Internet.
“Having an experienced, responsible hunter show you the ropes is the best way to introduce someone into hunting,” said Kirk Smith, Hunter Education coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in a press release sent to the Clipper. “It’s better than being introduced to hunting in a classroom or online.”
Smith said Utah’s program is based on similar apprentice programs ran in some 35 other states. Different to Utah’s program in most cases, the other states allow non-hunters to try the sport first before taking a Hunter Education course.
Having experienced hunters take part in the program has also been a tremendous help, Smith said.
“I can’t think of a better way to introduce someone to hunting than to have that person go into the field with a safe, responsible and ethical mentor,” he said. “That’s the caliber of the people who invite people to go hunting with them. The members care about hunting and they want to share that experience.”
New hunters will be able to try hunting under the Trial Hunter program for up to three years. Those who wish to continue hunting afterward must complete the Hunter Education course.
For more information call DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.