Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
An Initiative for the Future of Hunting
Founded in 2005 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Sportsmen's Alliance, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Families Afield is an education and outreach program aimed at introducing new hunters to hunting. The Families Afield program seeks to remove unnecessary legal barriers to hunting and create opportunities for adults to mentor those wishing to try hunting. Lengthy hunter education requirements often dissuade new hunters from getting out in the field, because they are unwilling to put in the time in order to try something. Such apprentice hunting licenses allow new hunters a “try-before-you-buy” approach and allow the new hunter to get in the field under the direct supervision of an experienced mentor. The ultimate goal of this program is to have the apprentice hunter complete a hunter education course in the future so that they may hunt on their own.
Since its inception, 39 states have passed new laws aimed at removing barriers and making it easier for new people to get into the field and try hunting, resulting in more than 1.7 million apprentice licenses sold throughout the country.