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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.

Shooting: Girls on the Range, 2

Friday, June 8th, 2012

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Conceived of as a day for fathers and daughters to bond over a shared experience at the shooting range, the National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day quickly evolved to include the whole family.

11—We’re still calling it take Your Daughter to the Range Day, but we’re promoting the whole family bonding, family values opportunity, as something the entire family can do together.

Lynne Finch is president and co-founder of the event, scheduled June 9th. She helped form a non-profit around the day, and reached out to shooting ranges via Facebook, and received good response.

24— Especially Texas. We have five ranges registered in Texas, and the ladies out there have been wonderful—sending us ideas that we then send on to other ranges—things that they’re doing. And everyone’s doing it a little bit differently: the format, the structure. But the core is the same. The goals are the same…the safety, the education, and the opportunity.

Some ranges want participants to register in advance of the event. Find a nearby range and their requirements at national take your daughter to the range day dot com.

18— We want this to be an annual event, but we don’t want it to stop there. Going to shoot one time a year isn’t really what this is about. This is about dipping your toes in the water. Trying something new, and then maybe the family finds out this is fun; this is something we can do together.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series and works to increase shooting sports in Texas.

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

Shooting: Girls on the Range, 1

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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Lynne Finch is a certified NRA pistol instructor and one of the founders and organizers of National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day; the inaugural event is June 9.

06—The idea came in January of this year, reading Julie Golob’s book “Shoot.”

In the book Golob recounts a childhood that included spending time at the shooting range with her father. Lynne says most women who come to her want to learn personal defense.

23— So I hadn’t heard a lot of stories about growing up and the bonding opportunities with dads. I have a Facebook Page called Women Firearms Instructors, so I put the question out: How did you come to shooting? And I got so many wonderful responses from women who had grown up going to the rock quarry or going to the range, and shooting with their dads and the wonderful memories that they had.

Lynne conferred with a fellow instructor and queried others about creating an event where fathers could take their daughters to the range for a day of learning and bonding. The idea gained momentum, and became National Take your Daughter to the Range Day, set for June 9.

13— [When] girls learn to master a skill that’s not traditional, it helps with self-esteem, it opens up opportunities for them. Plus, shooting is fun. It’s something the whole family can do together.

Find a link to participating ranges in Texas at

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series and works to increase shooting sports in Texas. For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

It’s Cool to be HIP Certified

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program

If you plan on hunting migratory game birds in Texas this fall, you need to be HIP – HIP certified, that is. HIP stands for Harvest Information Program.

Its purpose is to gain information on waterfowl and migratory bird hunters nationwide. Basically a name and address and a little bit about their previous year’s hunting activity—as well as what they plan on hunting what they plan on hunting in the upcoming year.

Kevin Kraai is Assistant Waterfowl Program Leader. He says the HIP program helps wildlife professionals improve resource management practices as well as track various waterfowl populations throughout the country.

It’s a very useful tool in setting the future year hunting regulations and management decisions.

Being a HIP certified waterfowl hunter isn’t just a good idea—it’s the law.

Officially, it is a requirement by law that every individual that plans on hunting migratory birds in the state of Texas us HIP certified. If you are not HIP certified and you are hunting migratory game birds, you are subject to game violations.

We have a link to information about becoming HIP certified at

That’s our show for today…made possible by a grant from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program…funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel

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