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Apprentice Hunting License

Apprentice hunter validation. An individual born after Dec. 31, 1961, who is 16 years of age or older and who does not possess a hunter safety education course certificate of completion, may be issued an apprentice hunter validation. An apprentice hunter validation covers only one license year in a lifetime. An individual in possession of an apprentice hunter validation may hunt small game and deer only when accompanied by an adult (at least 18 years of age) licensed to hunt in this state whose license was not obtained using an apprentice hunter validation. An apprentice hunter validation holder must obtain all required licenses and stamps. For purposes of this section, "accompanied" means to stay within a distance of another individual that permits uninterrupted visual contact and unaided verbal communication.

Purchasing/applying for an apprentice license. An apprentice hunter must purchase the small game license or apply for a deer license through the Game and Fish Department’s electronic licensing system. If the apprentice hunter wants to continue hunting beyond the initial trial year, the hunter must then complete a certified hunter education course.

To purchase an apprentice small game license. Access the Online Services page and click on “purchase and print an online license.” Follow the regular licensing procedure, and leave the “hunter safety number” field blank.

To apply for an apprentice deer license. Access the Online Services page and click on “apply online.” Follow the regular application procedure, and leave the “hunter safety number” field blank.