Hunter Mentor Program
     
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  The Hunter Mentor Program is defined in the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Regulations Governing Hunter Safety, Chapter 26, Section 10.  
     
  Section 1. Authority. This regulation is promulgated by the authority of W.S. §23-1-302 and §23-2-106.  
     
  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 This regulation shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the Commission.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.
 
     
  Program  
  Section 10. 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 valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. The application may be obtained from Headquarters, Department Regional Offices, or on the Department’s web site (http://gf.state.wy.us). No person shall apply for more than one (1) special authorization to hunt with a mentor.
  2. Any person acting as a mentor to a mentee with special authorization pursuant to this Section shall not provide supervision for more than one (1) mentee at a time in the field and shall accompany the mentee at all times to provide constant supervision.
 
     
  Key Points  
1.  Registration for Hunter Mentor special authorization may be completed by the mentee, mentor, or
     parent/guardian, on behalf of the mentee.
2.  Multiple mentors can participate with each mentee during the one-year special authorization. A new copy of the
     special authorization must be printed out and signed by each mentor participating.
 
  For Mentors:
   1.  A mentor must be of the age of majority (18).
   2.  A mentor must have a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms while in the field
        accompanying a hunter mentee.
   3.  A mentor must possess a valid Wyoming hunting license.
   4.  A mentor can only supervise one (1) hunter mentee at a time in the field.
   5.  A mentor must be in direct supervision (within sight and direct voice contact) of the hunter mentee at all times
        while in the field.
   6.  The mentor must sign the mentee's special authorization certificate.
 
     
  For Mentees:
   1.  A mentee can only apply for one (1) special authorization in their lifetime.
   2.  The special authorization is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue.
   3.  If the mentee is under the age of majority (18), he or she must obtain parental/guardian permission to apply
        for a special authorization.
   4.  A mentee must carry the special authorization certificate at all times while in the field.
   5.  A mentee is responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses, stamps, or permits needed for the hunt.
   6.  The mentee must sign the special authorization certificate.