May 26, 2010
Vermont Becomes 30th State to Join Families Afield Ranks
Vermont has become the 30th state to pass Families Afield legislation aimed at reducing barriers for the next generation of sportsmen.
Gov. Jim Douglas signed House Bill 243, which allows newcomers to try hunting under the close supervision of an experienced mentor prior to the completion of a hunter education course. Previously, the legislation had overwhelmingly cleared the state House of Representatives on March 17 and the Senate on April 28.
The Families Afield initiative began in 2004 through a joint effort of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance to reduce barriers to new hunters entering the field. To date, in the 29 states that have enacted similar measures, 418,000 new hunters have purchased mentored licenses making it one of the most successful programs of its kind.