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He’s clearly not a kid anymore.

The 24-year-old soldier has been in the service for nearly seven years, survived two tours in Iraq and earned a spot in the U.S. Army sniper corps.

He’d be a star in any hunting blind.

But when his uncle recently invited him from Fort Lewis to Eastern Washington for a weekend of pursuing spring gobblers, a license dealer couldn’t sell him a state hunting license.

The soldier had not passed a certified hunter education course.

In one theater, he had a government license to kill human beings.

But he couldn’t get a license to kill a turkey in Stevens County.

“I was really taken back,” said his uncle, Glen Brooke of Springdale. “I just can’t imagine why a trained Army sniper would have to go through a firearms safety course with 11-year-old kids.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of firearms safety for the younger generations. Every one should do it. My kids did it 50 years ago.

Source: Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review.

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