Archive for the 'Hunting' Category

Learning to Hunt

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Hunter Education

Steve Hall teaching a Hunter Education Class

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For many, hunting is learned as a family tradition, passed down from elders to future generations. But if hunting wasn’t shared among your friends and family, and you want to hunt, how do you learn?

To start hunting you really have to find a mentor.

Steve Hall is the Hunter Education Coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

We’re actually starting some mentor hunts and those are probably the best way to learn about hunting, especially if you’re an adult.

Another good first step is taking a hunter education course. Hunters 17 years of age or older can take an online-only course at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The hunter education course will teach you the basics on safety, responsibility. Everything from transportation to field considerations. But also things like hunter ethics, wildlife conservation and the hunter’s role in wildlife management.

Hunters under 17 years of age can take instructor-led courses to learn how to hunt safely, legally, and ethically, then sign up for a Texas Youth Hunting Program youth hunt. To find out more visit tyhp.org

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

Hunter Readiness: Preparing for the Season

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Hunter education with Steve Hall

Hunter Education Class: TPWD employee Joshua Ndegwa takes shooting instructions form Hunter Education Coordinator Steve Hall.

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Deer season is fast approaching, and hunter readiness is key to experiencing a safe and successful hunt.

Preparation, Practice and Planning for that upcoming hunt.

Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Coordinator Steve Hall.

The practice is the big one. I think that in our busy world we just don’t seem to carve out that time. But you can join clubs, you can join shoots like archery shoots or clubs like long-distance rifle shooting to kind of keep your skills honed.

Another way for veteran hunters to sharpen their skills is to become hunter education instructors, giving their knowledge and skills to young hunters. The number one citation written during hunting season is not having a hunter education course, required for anyone born on or before September 2, 1971. Educated hunters understand safety is paramount. Even so, Steve says hunters should be mindful of the most common mishaps.

Even though hunting is safe and getting safer, remember the three top hunting incidents. One is careless handling in and around vehicles. Number two is swinging on game outside of a safe zone of fire, and number three is being sure of your target, what is font of and beyond it.

Have a successful and safe hunting season and remember to share your knowledge with new hunters. That’s how we keep the tradition alive.

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

Big Time Wild Hog Adventure

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Wild Hog Adventure

Wild Hog Adventure winner , his hunting buddies and their harvest.

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Feral Hogs are an interesting predicament we have here in Texas.

Justin Dreibelbis is the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

They cause a lot of agricultural damage for people trying to run ranches and farms. However, on the other hand, they are entertaining to hunt and they are good table fare. We run the wildlife phone bank here at Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Austin, and one of the biggest calls is out of state hunters wanting to come to Texas to hunt hogs. There is interest from hunters both in Texas and out of state.

Here comes the Big Time Texas Hunts’ Wild Hog Adventure. You and three friends could win a chance to hunt free-range wild boar on a ranch in the South Texas Brush Country.

You get to hunt on private land that’s covered in feral hogs. You get high quality lodging, high quality food, and a guide. A lot of people hunt feral hogs because of the food value. It’s organic, it’s lean and it’s good on the grill.

Each online entry for the Wild Hog Adventure is only $9. There’s a $5 online administration fee, but you can enter as many times as you want in a single transaction. Just search for Big Time Texas Hunts on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Monies raised from the Big Time Texas Hunts program go directly to wildlife conservation and public hunting opportunities in Texas.

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

Big Time Waterfowl Adventure

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
Waterfowl Adventure

2017 winner, Drew Lillie (on left), and friends after a successful hunt.

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Would you like to go duck hunting on the Texas Gulf Coast? Or in the flooded-timber of East Texas?

Well you don’t have to choose just one. You can do both hunts if you win the Big Time Texas Hunts Waterfowl Adventure. Here’s Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director Justin Dreibelbis to tell you more.

One hunt is on the coastal prairies where you’re going to be hunting ducks and geese. The other area that you’ll be duck hunting will be in flooded-timber in East Texas. Here you’re going to be focusing on some different species like Wood Ducks and Mallards. You’re hunting with trained guides, trained dogs. Meals, lodging, all taken care of. Both of these hunts are really high quality waterfowl hunts that any duck hunting enthusiast is going to be excited about.

You and up to three guests can enjoy this excellent waterfowl adventure with hunting providers Central Flyway Outfitters and BigWoods on the Trinity.

We hear every year that hunters from Big Time Texas Hunts are returning to hunt with these outfitters again and again.

Don’t miss your opportunity to win. Enter online today at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Just search for Big Time Texas Hunts.

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

Big Time Nilgai Antelope Safari

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Nilgai

2018 Nilgai Antelope Safari winner, Craig McCallum, with his bounty.

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Often times if you’re not careful, they see you or hear you long before you see them.

Justin Dreibelbis is the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director at Texas Parks and Wildlife. He’s talking about Nilgai Antelope, an exotic game species in South Texas that’s included in one of ten premium Big Time Texas Hunts.

The Nilgai Antelope Safari is a really cool opportunity. You’re hunting on a historic South Texas Ranch. You’re staying at a really cool camp, really delicious food. You’ve got an experienced guide that’s there to help you through every step of the process, from finding the animal, taking a great shot, and then helping you with game care after the fact and that’s a really important point for Nilgai because they’re really big animals.

Animals that can top 700 pounds. Now that’s some big game. You could win the Nilgai Antelope Safari by entering online for $9. There’s a $5 online administration fee, but you can enter as many times as you want in a single transaction.

Big Time Texas Hunts is a conservation fundraiser. It’s a fun opportunity every year for people to put in and have a chance at something really, really special, to make money for wildlife conservation and public hunting opportunities.

To enter online, search for Big Time Texas Hunts on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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