Youth Hunting Program in Texas
Senator Glenn Hegar, Chairman of the Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, is proud to announce the Caucus' full and enthusiastic support for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's (TPWD) youth hunting program in Texas. The Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus recognizes the cultural and economic importance of hunting in Texas and is working to ensure that TPWD's youth hunting program is well known.
"Hunting is big business in Texas, with an annual economic impact of close to $5 billion," said Senator Hegar, "Encouraging the next generation of hunters will help to ensure that Texas' robust hunting industry will continue for many years to come. Unlike some 20 other states that restrict youth participation in hunting because of age, Texas allows parents to decide when best to introduce their kids to our hunting heritage."
The Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus has a long tradition of promoting and supporting environmental and sportsman-related issues. Plans for the 2008-2009 year include an increased focus on the promotion of educational and recreational programs for children.
"As the new Chair of TLSC, one of my main goals is to encourage our youth to experience the great outdoors with their families. Many of the lessons learned while hunting and fishing extend to everyday life; respect for the outdoors and keen attention to safety are just two of the many. We are blessed in Texas with abundant natural resources and should take every opportunity to see that all kids who want to experience the joys of hunting and fishing have the opportunity to do so," said Senator Hegar.
Senator Hegar encourages young hunters to participate in the youth hunting program provided by the state of Texas and Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD). TPWD has set aside the weekend of Oct. 25-26 as a special youth-only season for white-tailed deer, Rio Grande turkey, and waterfowl in the North and South Duck Zones; young duck hunters in the Panhandle will get the weekend of Oct. 18-19. Another weekend is reserved for licensed youth 16 years of age or younger to harvest white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey.
A Special Youth Hunting License ($6) is required and may be purchased wherever hunting licenses are sold, as well as online or by phone at 1-800-TX-LIC-4U. Youth who are hunting on TPWD lands must be accompanied by a supervising adult 18 years of age or older who has completed the required hunter education course, possesses the required Annual Public Hunting permit, a valid hunting license, and any required stamps and permits. Detailed information about the dates and requirements of the various youth hunting opportunities in Texas is available on the TPWD's web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us).
"Some of my favorite memories as a child are of hunting and fishing with my family and friends," said Senator Hegar, "I look back on that time with great fondness and am excited for the many youngsters who will one day do so as well."
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now serves as State Senator for Senate District 18. He is the Chairman of the Sportsman's Caucus, a bipartisan organization dedicated to promoting and protecting hunting and fishing. Senator Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.