The time shared between a youngster and a mentor is invaluable. There simply is no better way to introduce a young person to safe, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting than with the close supervision of an adult mentor that the Mentored Youth Hunter Program provides.
A youth may participate in the mentored youth hunter program, without first passing an approved hunter education program, provided the youth:
The supervising hunter shall:
Both Oregon residents and non-residents can participate in the Mentored Youth Hunter Program.
Register for the Mentored Youth Hunter Program free of charge online (or after clicking the online link – go to Purchase from the Catalog, then the General tab) at any license sales agent where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
While engaged in mentored youth hunting activities:
Any wildlife harvested by the mentored youth hunter shall be counted towards the supervising hunter’s bag limit. A youth is not eligible to participate in the mentored youth hunting program if the youth possesses their own valid hunting license and/or tag(s) valid for the dates, area and species being hunted. The mentored youth hunting program is not applicable to designated youth-only seasons and hunts.
Youth participating in the mentored youth hunting program will receive one Mentored Youth Preference Point for each year the youth registers for the program. The mentored youth preference points will be “banked” and held in the licensing system with no expiration date.
To redeem banked points, the mentored youth will be required to fill out a form supplied by the department’s License Services Section that clearly states what species the mentored youth wants their mentored youth preference points moved to. Points must be used at one time and may not be split among species. Once Mentored Youth Preference Points are redeemed, they are converted to the Preference Point System and are subject to the Oregon Administrative Rules that govern preference points.
These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).
The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
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