The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent that would make it mandatory for all hunters 11-years-old and younger to be accompanied by an adult.
The adult would have to be at least 18 years old and have a valid hunting license or be hunter education certified. The adult would also have to be within normal audible voice proximity and in direct line of sight of the younger hunter at all times.
Anybody of any age can take the free hunter education course offered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. However, only those 10 years of age or older can become hunter education certified.
The new rule would allow unsupervised hunting privileges for hunters who are 12-to-15-years-old and hunter education certified. Hunters 10 and 11-years-old and hunter education certified, would need supervision. Hunters 16 years of age and older must buy a hunting license, which requires hunter education certification, and can hunt unsupervised as well.
Public comment on this notice of intent can be submitted to John Sturgis, Wildlife Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 no later than Thursday, May3, 2007.
For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.