HB 1131 - Introduced by Rep's Hofstad, Schmidt, Vigesaa; Sen's Carlisle, Lyson, Schaible. Would allow an individual who turns age 14 in the same year as the respective big game hunting season to apply for a license, an individual who turns age 12 in the same year as the youth deer season to receive an antleress white-tailed deer license for the youth deer season, and an individual who turns age 12 in the same year as the antelope season to apply for a license. In addition, the number of acres required to qualify for a big game gratis license would be lowered from 160 to 150. Passed house 85-6, emergency clause carried. Senate Natural Resources Committee heard 3/8, no action taken.
(Above is from the G&F website)
This bill also changes the deadline for gratis license applications for an "any deer" license - no more apply for badlands or for a unit wide buck tag with gratis tag as a fallback.
Don't know why G&F doen't include this in their description. Also not sure why the change from 160 to 150 acres - guessing some who fits the bill has a friend in the legislature. I've been told G&F was more aggressive in checking the gratis license this year and someone probably got turned down.
Also guessing landowners won't like the change and non-landowners will think the change is overdue.