Hunter Mentor Program
     
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  The Hunter Mentor Program is defined in the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission General Hunting Regulations, Chapter 2, Section 17.  
     
  Section 1. Authority.This regulation is promulgated by the authority of W.S. §23-1-103, §23-1-302, §23-1-703, §23-2-101, §23-2-106, §23-3-104, §23-3-111, §23-1-302 , §23-3-304, §23-3-305, §23-3-306 and §23-3-308.  
     
  Section 2. Regulation. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission (Commission) hereby adopts the following regulation governing hunter safety. This regulation shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the Commission.  
     
  Section 3. Definitions. For the purpose of this regulation all terms and definitions will be set forth in Title 23, Wyoming Statutes, and the Commission also adopts the following definitions:
  1. "Accompanied" means being directly supervised at all times by a mentor who is within sight and direct voice contact.
  2. "Certified Instructor" means an individual certified by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to conduct Hunter Safety courses.
  3. "Certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms" means a certificate for completion of an approved hunter safety course.
  4. "Mentee" means a person who has received special authorization from the Department to take wildlife and who has not received a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms. A mentee shall be accompanied by a mentor at all times while hunting.
  5. "Mentor" means a person who has attained the age of majority, can demonstrate he/she has obtained a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms, possesses a valid Wyoming hunting license, and is directly supervising only one (1) mentee at all times while in the field.
 
     
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  Section17. Hunter Mentor Program
  1. Any person born on or after January 1, 1966, who has not received a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms may apply to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for a special authorization to take wildlife with the use of a firearm while being accompanied by a mentor. A special authorization issued to an individual shall be in the possession of the recipient at all times while in the field. The applicant shall apply on the Department’s web site (http://wgfd.wyo.gov).
  2. Any person acting as a mentor to a mentee with special authorization pursuant to this section shall accompany the mentee at all times to provide constant supervision.
 
     
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Definitions

  1. "Accompanied" means being directly supervised at all times by a mentor who is within sight and direct voice contact.
  2. "Mentee" means a person who has received Special Authorization from the Department to take wildlife.
  3. "Mentor" means a person who has attained the age of majority, can demonstrate he/she has obtained a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms, possesses a valid Wyoming hunting license, and is directly supervising a mentee
  1. Registration for a Hunter Mentor Special Authorization may be completed by the mentee, mentor, or parent/guardian, on behalf of the mentee.
  2. A mentee must have a Sportsman ID number in order to register for a Hunter Mentor Special Authorization. If they already have a Sportsman ID, enter it along with their date of birth to register. If they do not have a Sportsman ID, the registration process starts with the Create a Sportsman ID for me button. If there is a Sportsman ID but cannot remember it, click the Forgot your Sportsman ID?
  3. A mentee may have multiple mentors during their special authorization period. A new copy of the Special Authorization certificate shall be printed out and signed by each mentor participating.
 
  For Mentors:
  1. A mentor must have attained the age of majority (at least 18 years old).
  2. A mentor must have a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms while in the field accompanying a mentee.
  3. A mentor must possess a valid Wyoming hunting license..
  4. A mentor shall not provide supervision for more than one (1) person, other than immediate family members, at a time in the field.
  5. A mentor must be in direct supervision (within sight and direct voice contact) of the mentee at all times while in the field.
  6. The mentor must sign the mentee's Special Authorization certificate.
 
     
  For Mentees:
  1. A special authorization is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. A person may apply for special authorization in subsequent years after their authorization period expires.
  2. If the mentee is under the age of majority (18), he or she must obtain parental/guardian permission to apply for a special authorization.
  3. A mentee must carry the Special Authorization certificate at all times while in the field.
  4. A mentee is responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses, stamps, or permits needed for the hunt.
  5. The mentee must sign the Special Authorization certificate.