Oregon governor signs bill to allow more hunting opportunities for youths

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (Photo: KOIN)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (Photo: KOIN)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill into law Wednesday that will increase hunting opportunities for young hunters in the state.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action reported the measure — HB 2566, sponsored by Rep. Brad Witt (D-31) — will raise the maximum age limit from 14 to 16 years of age for youths who would like to participate in the state’s hunter mentoring program.

Under current law, a licensed hunter, 21 or older, can mentor a youth to teach them hunting basics and let them try it out before committing to a lengthy hunter education course.

Ultimately, the goal is for the apprentices to complete the necessary hunter education course so that they can obtain licenses to hunt on their own.

According to the NRA-ILA, nearly 1.5 million licenses have been sold to hunting apprentices in states participating in the mentoring program.