What is the deal with the mentor license?

Answer: 

Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component of Fish and Game’s mentored hunting program. The Hunting Passport allows any first-time hunter, resident or nonresident, age 8 and older to try hunting for one year with an adult mentor without first having to complete an Idaho hunter education course.
 
Hunting Passport Highlights:
Hunting Passports are only available to first time hunters. Those that have previously held a hunting license in any state are not eligible.
Hunter Education certification is not needed to obtain a Hunting Passport. If an individual has completed a Hunter Education course but has not yet purchased a license, they are eligible for a Hunting Passport.
The minimum age to hold a Hunting Passport is eight years of age; there is no maximum age.
The Hunting Passport is a calendar year item just like a hunting license and expires on December 31 of the year in which it was obtained.
Only one Passport can be purchased in a lifetime. To continue hunting after the Passport expires, completion of a hunter education course and license purchase is required.
Hunting Passports are available at license vendors and Fish and Game regional offices.
Cost is $1.75.
 
Mentored Hunter
 
Must be 12 years of age to hunt big game; 10 years of age to hunt turkey and sandhill crane; 8 years of age to hunt other game birds, upland game animals, furbearers, predatory or unprotected species.
Holders of a Hunting Passport must purchase general season tags and all permits and validations to participate in the hunt.
All hunting rules, seasons and weapon restrictions apply to the holder of a Hunting Passport.
Holders of a Hunting Passport are not eligible to possess a controlled hunt tag but may be designated a Landowner controlled hunt tag.
Must carry their Hunting Passport on their person while hunting and produce it if requested by a conservation officer.
Mentors
 
Must be age 18 or older.
Must possess a valid Idaho hunting license.
May not accompany more than 2 mentored hunters at one time. Accompany means close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range without shouting or the aid of electronic devices.
Are not restricted from hunting with valid license and tags while serving as a mentor.
Are not restricted to the type of hunting the mentored hunter has tags for. For example, the holder of a hunting passport and general elk tag could be mentored by an adult possessing a nonresident small game license.
Any mentor accompanying the holder of a nonresident junior mentored tag must possess a tag for the same species, valid in the same area.
No registration is required for the mentor.
 
Frequently Asked Questions about the Hunter Passport are listed on our Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.
 
 

Answered on: 
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:12 PM MDT