Subchapter X. MENTORED YOUTH HUNTING PROGRAM PERMIT
147.801. Purpose and scope.
The provisions of this Subchapter X issued under 34 Pa.C.S. § 2701(a), unless otherwise noted.
The provisions of this Subchapter X adopted June 5, 2009, effective June 6, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 2802, unless otherwise noted.
§ 147.801. Purpose and scope.
(a) The purpose of this subchapter is to define and implement the Mentored Youth Hunting Program and provide for the issuance of hunting permits to eligible youths.
(b) The Mentored Youth Hunting Program is intended to provide mentors who are dedicated to promoting and sharing this Commonwealths hunting heritage with interested youths, the opportunity to provide these younger unlicensed youths with one-on-one, hands-on experience and in-field training on the mechanical, ethical, safety, responsibility and enjoyment aspects of the hunting experience.
§ 147.802. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Lawful hunting deviceAny firearm or implement that is lawful to be possessed during the current season and used to harvest the particular species hunted.
MentorA licensed person, 21 years of age or older who is serving as a guide to a mentored youth while engaged in hunting or related activities.
Mentored youthAn unlicensed person, under 12 years of age who is accompanied by a mentor while engaged in hunting or related activities.
StationaryThe state or condition where a person is still, fixed in place or static, indicated by a cessation of all forward, backward or lateral movement, whether in the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone position.
§ 147.803. Application.
(a) Applications for mentored youth hunting permits issued under this subchapter shall be made through the Commission or any of its authorized license-issuing agents on the appropriate form designated by the Commission for this purpose. Each application must include the name, address, telephone number, date of birth and Social Security number of the applicant.
(b) Applications may be submitted on behalf of an eligible mentored youth upon presentation of a written request executed by a parent or legally constituted guardian.
(c) The fee for a mentored youth hunting permit will be $1, plus any applicable transactional and issuing agent fees.
§ 147.804. General.
(a) A mentor shall possess a valid Pennsylvania hunting license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706 of the act (relating to resident license and fee exemptions) prior to engaging in any mentored youth hunting activities.
(b) A mentored youth shall possess a valid mentored youth hunting permit prior to engaging in any mentored youth hunting activities.
(c) A mentored youths hunting eligibility is restricted to the following species: squirrel, woodchuck, coyote, deer and wild turkey.
(d) A mentored youths hunting eligibility is further constrained by applicable hunting seasons, daily limits, field possession limits and season limits provided in § 139.4 (relating to seasons and bag limits for the license year).
(e) A mentored youth is eligible to hunt during any special youth hunting seasons that apply to any species specified in subsection (c) and are subject to the same antler restrictions that apply to junior license holders in § 131.2 (relating to definitions).
(f) A mentored youth shall tag and report all big game harvested in the manner provided in section 2323 of the act (relating to tagging and reporting big game kills).
(g) Notwithstanding the prohibitions in section 2711(3) and (5) of the act (relating to unlawful acts concerning licenses), mentors are authorized to transfer an antlerless licenses issued to them to an eligible mentored youth. The antlerless license shall be valid and in the possession of the mentor at all times while hunting antlerless deer. The transfer of the antlerless license may not occur until after the mentored youth has harvested the antlerless deer, but before tagging the carcass. A mentored youth may receive by transfer no more than one antlerless deer license each license year. A mentored youth is ineligible to make direct application for an antlerless license.
(h) Notwithstanding the prohibitions in section 2711(a)(3) and (5) of the act, mentors are authorized to transfer fall turkey tags issued to them to eligible mentored youth. The fall turkey tag shall be valid and in the possession of the mentor at all times while hunting fall turkey. The transfer of the fall turkey tag may not occur until after the mentored youth has harvested the fall turkey, but before tagging the carcass. A mentored youth may not receive by transfer more than one fall turkey tag each license year.
(i) Notwithstanding the prohibitions in § 147.676(2) and (3) (relating to unlawful acts), mentors are authorized to transfer Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) harvest permits issued to them to eligible mentored youth. The DMAP harvest permit must be valid and in the possession of the mentor at all times while hunting anterless deer. The transfer of the DMAP harvest permit may not occur until after the mentored youth has harvested the anterless deer, but before tagging the carcass. A mentored youth may not receive by transfer more than one DMAP harvest permit each license year. A mentored youth is ineligible to make direct application for a DMAP harvest permit.
The provisions of this § 147.804 amended August 12, 2011, effective August 13, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 4419; amended June 22, 2012, effective June 23, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 3594; corrected July 6, 2012, effective June 23, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 4305; amended April 26, 2013, effective April 27, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 2311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (356426) and (361995).
§ 147.805. Safety.
While engaged in mentored youth hunting activities:
(1) A mentored youth shall be stationary, within arms reach and subject to the immediate control of the mentor at all times while in possession of any lawful hunting device.
(2) A mentor may not accompany more than one youth, including junior hunters, at any given time.
(3) A mentor and mentored youth may not collectively possess more than one lawful hunting device at any given time.
(4) A mentor and mentored youth shall both comply with section 2524 of the act (relating to protective material required) and with any regulations promulgated by the Commission relating to protective material.
§ 147.806. Liability.
A mentor is responsible and accountable for all actions of the mentored youth occurring while engaged in mentored youth hunting activities. A mentor who causes or allows a mentored youth to engage in an unlawful act shall be punishable as the principal offender as provided in section 924 of the act (relating to liability for actions of others).
§ 147.807. Violations.
It is unlawful for a mentor or mentored youth to fail to comply with any of the requirements, standards or limitations of this subchapter. A person violating this subchapter shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay the fine prescribed in the act. The Director may additionally deny, revoke or suspend any permit for any violation of this subchapter upon written notice to the permittee.
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