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Operation Game Thief Clay Stoppers Shootout

Monday, September 12th, 2016
Operation Game Thief Clay Stoppers Shootout

Operation Game Thief Clay Stoppers Shootout

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Operation Game Thief Texas belong to the International Wildlife Crime-Stoppers Association.

And I’m proud to say Texas is the leader. Texas leads because of the way we’re structured and the way we operate. Texas offers cash rewards up to a thousand dollars for information leading to arrests and convictions.

Lt. Lewis Rather oversees Operation Game Thief. Generous public support provides money for rewards and education.

We have 14 information and educational. We’re very lucky in Texas, and so we’re very thankful to have the program.

September 23 a fundraiser—Operation Game Thief Alamo Area Clay Stoppers Shootout—takes place in San Antonio. Teams and individuals take aim to raise money for Operation Game Thief.

We have a lot of fun down there. You can come and shoot, and if you’re a top winner, you can win a lifetime hunting and fishing license from Parks and Wildlife. We have great auction items. Raffle items. A great lunch provided by OGT board member, Jimmy Hasslocher. We have a lot of 4-H youth teams coming to shoot. A lot of our paralyzed veterans and wounded warrior teams are coming to shoot. So, it’s going to be a big event. And if you have a chance, come out and support what Game Wardens do for Texas, for wildlife, for all of us.

Find complete registration details for the September 23 fundraiser—Clay Stoppers Shootout Alamo Area Clay Stoppers Shootout—at

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Shooting Sporting Clays

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Ready for a day of shooting at clay pigeons.

Ready for a day of shooting at clay pigeons.

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Sporting clays came to the US from Britain in the 1960s and gained a fast following; one that continues to grow—especially in Texas.

Texas is the Mecca of the clay target sports.

San Antonio is home to the National Sporting Clays Association and the National Skeet Shooting Association, and from 1987-2002 Mike Hampton was its executive director. A thousand shooters from across the globe travel to the site annually for the National Sporting Clays Championship—shooting more than a half million clay pigeons in 4 days.

The national complex in San Antonio is the largest all around shooting facility in the world.

Competition isn’t the only objective at the facility. Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Ed director, Steve Hall, says shooters also visit year-round to hone their skills and learn safety.

Statistically, sporting clays are very safe. In fact, we use the shooting sports to teach safety—especially to youngsters. We have many programs that combine the shooting sports with firearm safety and safe firearm handling.

Sporting clays isn’t just about turning the pigeons to dust. Charlie Wilson, a shooting instructor, says, it’s about enjoying the outdoors.

They get out into the outdoors—it’s good, it’s clean, it’s healthy…and it’s fun.

The Wildlife Restoration Program supports our series and works to increase shooting sports in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunter Education for Safety in the Field

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Getting experience shooting.

Getting experience shooting.

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If you’re a hunter, or considering becoming one, completion of a hunter education course is a must.

13-Overall, what a person learns in Hunter Education is the safe, knowledgeable, responsible habits that hunters and shooting sports participants would need to responsibly handle a firearm from the home to the field and back again.

Steve Hall oversees hunter education at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

39-The centerpiece for hunter education is the ten commandments of firearm safety. And those apply whether you’re handling them around the gun safe at home, how to store them properly, transport them properly. And then when you’re in the field, it’s called hunter safety. For a reason. There’s other kinds of things that come into play when you’re in the field like where the other hunters are at, what kind of shooting you’re doing; do you know beyond the line of fire of a
shot? Is it on a hillside that you’re shooting and you don’t know what’s ion the other side? So there are lots of things that come into play. And then they all kind of center around knowing your firearm, knowing how to handle it safely, but also knowing the capability of those firearms as well.

Hunter education classes take place year round across the state. Find hunter education classes near you, or take it online, when you log onto the TPW website.

The Wildlife and sport fish restoration program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Big Time Texas Hunt: Grand Slam Winner

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Big Time Texas Hunt at Black Gap WMA

Big Time Texas Hunt at Black Gap WMA

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Do you know when you’re lucky? Houston resident Kelly Hill does. He won the annual Big Time Texas Hunts grand slam package the very first time he entered.

06— I’ve heard that people have entered for several years and haven’t won it. So I know I’m a very lucky guy.

The Grand Slam gives one winner four separate guided Texas big game hunts: desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and desert mule deer.

14—I’ve been on the whitetail hunt, and I’ve been on the mule deer hunt. And they were both absolutely amazing. I’m about to go on the desert big horned sheep [hunt], and then I think sometime in September or October is the [pronghorn] antelope.

The Texas grand slam is one of eight premium guided hunt packages offered in Parks and Wildlife’s Big Time Texas Hunts program.

19—If you were to actually go and pay for one of these hunts – they are very expensive. The fact that Texas Parks and Wildlife has coordinated with these properties that have opportunities to take one of these trophy animals – it’s amazing. And the fact that it’s nine bucks…nine bucks is a pretty cheap entry fee.

You can enter to win the Big Time Texas Hunts through October 15. Purchase entries online for $9 each or for $10 each by phone, mail or where you buy hunting licenses.

All proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts benefit wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

TPW TV: Shooting Safety

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Safety training in the field

Safety training in the field.

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Smart hunters make time to practice shooting before the season begins. The smartest hunters use proper safety gear. Learn more on the TPW PBS TV series this month. Series producer, Don Cash.

54 –We offer some advice on how to protect your eyes and how to protect your ears when you’re shooting.

Good hearing and eye protection are a must when protecting the most vital of senses for our children: their sight and their hearing.

What you’ll see in this video is the proper way to keep your ears safe with either ear plugs or headset.

Whether you choose a flange type ear plug, or muff, or some variation of these: don’t go shooting without proper hearing protection.

And, cover your eyes with glasses…

Eye protection is just as important as hearing protection in the shooting sports. Whether it’s common safety glasses, your prescription glasses, or commercially available shooting glasses, any of these will provide adequate, unobstructed sight protection during your shooting activities.

You can watch this the week of July 7th on the Texas parks and Wildlife PBS Television show. If you happen to miss it, we’ve got a YouTube channel, a lot of hunter education and hunter related videos there.

Thanks, Don.

Support provided the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program…funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.