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New Mexico approves Families Afield.

The New Mexico State Game Commission has passed a mentored-youth hunting measure that will allow a youngster to give hunting a try with a licensed adult before completing the state's hunter education course and obtaining a hunting license. New Mexico is the 34th state to approve Families Afield legislation.

"Families Afield youth hunting initiatives are safe, and these early and exciting hunting experiences mean individuals are likely to remain active hunters as they get older," said Melissa Schilling, NSSF director of recruitment and retention.

NSSF established the nationwide Families Afield effort in cooperation with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Wild Turkey Federation. With assistance from the NRA and the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Families Afield initiatives have resulted in more than 800,000 apprentice hunting licenses since the program's inception in 2004, and an increase in youth enrolling in hunter education classes.

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Title Annotation:Industry news
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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