Goodman, Gillespie bill to expand mentored youth hunting program wins state House approval

HARRISBURG, June 6 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted today to pass bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Keith Gillespie that would expand Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting program to people ages 12 to 17.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers mentored hunting programs, but they are open only to residents younger than 12 or older than 18. It introduces them to hunting through the one-on-one guidance of an experienced hunter without committing to taking the hunter/trapper safety education course or buying a license.


“The enjoyment of hunting is contagious; once exposed many want to continue to participate in this great sport,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. “We can grow the number of hunters by allowing more young people to try hunting before making significant commitments of time and money.”


Goodman thanked Gillespie, a York County Republican who serves as majority chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, for working with him on the legislation.


House Bill 485 now goes to the state Senate for possible consideration.