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Utah governor signs legislation allowing hunting permits for minors without training course

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation that allows Utah youth to get a hunting permit without first taking a training course if they're accompanied an adult.

Herbert's office announced in a statement Friday afternoon that he has approved the measure, which allows someone as young as 11 to receive the permit.

It bars them from using a gun or archery equipment unit they are 12 years old.

It also requires minors with the trial permit to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 21.

Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has said there are similar programs in other states.

Utah hunter education courses cost $10 and require at least 12 hours.

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