California State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces Youth Hunting License Bill


January 23, 2022 – SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced new legislation to raise the age of eligibility for a junior hunting license in California, opening opportunities to practice outdoor sports to a greater number of young people.

“The higher price of an adult hunting license has proven to be a barrier for many teenagers,” Senator Dodd said. “It’s a shame because they miss out on junior hunting activities that promote lifelong participation in outdoor sports. My bill will give them more time on the ground so they can experience all that California has to offer.

Currently, anyone 16 or older must pay a higher price for an adult hunting license and associated hunting stamps. Junior permits, which cost less, were temporarily available to hunters up to age 17, but that provision expired in 2020.

Senator Dodd’s bill, Senate Bill 865, would permanently increase the maximum age for eligibility for a junior hunting license from 15 to 17. The sponsors said the change would allow teenagers to participate in high-quality junior hunting activities sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and non-profit wildlife conservation groups.

“Research has proven that cost and limited opportunity are significant barriers to our young people’s participation in hunting activities,” said Bill Gaines, spokesman for the sponsors. “Increasing the age of junior hunting license eligibility from 15 to 17 would ensure that more of our young people are out in the field today and for years to come, while also aligning the hunting license over other California laws that deem someone an adult at 18.”

Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or parts of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at
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