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Wisconsin Hunters – Contact Governor Walker In Support Of Hunting Bill

Nov 10, 2017

Assembly Bill 455, which would eliminate the requirement that a person be at least 10 years of age to hunt with a mentor in Wisconsin’s hunting mentorship program, is sitting on Governor Walker’s desk.

The bill also would allow the mentor and apprentice to have more than “one hunting device” in their possession while hunting. Assembly Bill 455, introduced by Assemblyman Rob Stafsholt, passed out of the Wisconsin Assembly (57 to 32) on Nov. 2, and cleared Wisconsin’s Senate on Nov. 7 (21 to 12).

Use SCI’s Action Center and urge Governor Walker to sign AB 455 into law.

Wisconsin first implemented its hunting mentorship program before the 2009 hunting season.  The program has been extremely successful and safe.

During its first season, Wisconsin sold more than 10,000 apprentice licenses and no firearms-related incidents involving apprentice license holders were reported. Since then, license sales data show an increase of mentor-hunting licenses sold.

More than 103,000 first-time hunters have been afield, thanks to this license. This one-on-one mentoring opportunity gives first-time hunters a chance to try hunting and enables hunters to pass on their passion for the outdoors and keep Wisconsin's hunting heritage strong.

Safari Club International recognizes its members and the Wisconsin lawmakers, particularly Assemblymen Rob Stafsholt and Joel Kleefisch, and Senator Terry Moulton, all of whom supported and helped pass AB 455.

Contact Governor Walker today!

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