Youths would be able to get a hunting license without first taking a hunter's education course under legislation now on Utah's Capitol Hill. The no-class licenses would be granted only on a trial basis.
"As long as an adult goes with them, it would allow them to go hunting to see if they like, before they go through all the time and effort needed for a hunter's education class," said Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, sponsor of newly filed SB165 that would allow the change.
It would allow someone as young as 11 to obtain the "trial" permit, but they must be at least 12 before actually using a firearm or archery equipment. They must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 21.