The House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill allowing people to try hunting before taking hunter-education courses.
It voted 62-9 to pass SB165, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, the bill’s sponsor, has called it a "try it before you buy it" bill to allow individuals to try hunting with a licensed hunter before spending time and money on hunter-education classes.
"Thirty-five states already have apprentice-hunting programs," said Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, the House sponsor of the bill, noting the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources suggested it to attract more hunters and revenue from licenses for wildlife management.
It worries Rep. Janice Fisher, D-West Valley City. "Anyone with a weapon in hand that could cause injury or death to another person should have training," she said.
A traditional Utah hunter-education course costs $10 and requires a minimum of 12 hours, usually meeting one or two nights a week. Online courses are also available, but still require an in-person field day with a minimum of five hours.
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