Archive for June 12th, 2008

Children’s Book: Billy Goes Hunting

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

When Matthew Butler’s youngest daughter returned home from school asking why her Daddy—a lifelong hunter—killed animals he was perplexed.

I thought that’s a rather strange question considering I’ve always hunted and you’ve been exposed to it.

He learned classmates at the suburban Washington DC School she attended had ridiculed the grade-schooler when they discovered she came from a hunting family.

And I thought, well, I know what I’ll do. I’ll go buy a book that would explain it to her in her terms—the environmental reasons and the ecological reasons behind hunting, and why it makes good sense for us as a society. Well, I couldn’t find such a book—it doesn’t exist. So, I decided that I would write it because the story needed to be told.

The book he wrote, Billy Goes Hunting, is a tale of a young boy who, with the help of his grandfather, learns about the tradition and value of hunting. Butler says the book has two audiences.

It’s directed at the children so that they hear the message, and they understand that hunting really has an environmental, economic, and social impact on our society. And the second group is obviously parents. I guess I look at this as a tool for parents to open up dialog, open up discussion, and to communicate with their children.

Learn more about Billy Goes Hunting at

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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