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Coordinator's Column - Hunt Mentoring



Time to sign up newcomers for a hunting opportunity!  Better yet, take a 'newbie' yourself -- preferably a person that has not had the opportunity, but would love the experience of the Texas outdoors.

Here are just a few opportunities:

Well, the Gray Ghosts were, once again, safe from the sharp edges of my broadhead. Conditions in Colorado were hot, dry and noisy, with lots of down timber from recent pine beetle kills.  My brother and I called in a 4x5-point bull opening morning and herd bull the following day, but they did not present an angle or shot by which I could close the deal.  I was close to that same herd bull four times, but he only ventured close once.  He was content with his harem and expected me to 'join' the herd. I feel so very blessed to even get the opportunity and privilege to enjoy such magnificent animals, splendor and adrenaline-induced moments.  I hope you get to do the same and soon!   Happy, SAFE & ETHICAL hunting!

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YHEC - October 13th at Arlington Sportsmen's



For more information, questions and registration forms, please contact:

Volunteers get in FREE and get lunch! Call now!

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    From TYHP - "Sign up for Youth Hunts NOW!"



    Congratulations on completing Hunter Education!  Now you can benefit from that success.  In the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) we give priority to youth that have not hunted with us before.  This gives you, a new HE graduate, a unique opportunity.  Some of the hunts listed have low numbers of new hunter applicants.  Apply and your chances of being selected are better than ever.  Think you cannot afford the $150 fee? No problem!  Let us know, and we can provide a scholarship. Don’t have a rifle? No problem! We have those, too! Go to the web site to register, today!

    THERE ARE over 20 HUNTS scheduled for Youth Hunt Weekend October 26th - 29th! Start by creating an account (free) on our website at: 

    If we can help, do not hesitate to call 210-930-2177."

    - Chris Mitchell, TYHP Director

    PHOTO:  Youth "SUPERHUNT" Near Stonewall - to be held January 4-6, 2019

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    Champion Targets Youth Accessories Program


    Dear Education/Training Leader:

    Consistent with our deep commitment to training the next generation of hunters and shooters to be safe and proficient, we will offer a limited youth accessories program to approved organizations. This is for product to be used in youth programs exclusively, and is not for resale.  We are accepting youth accessories orders Oct 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019. For a copy of the order form, please email: Please state what organization you represent.

    We encourage applicants to have their local program listed on the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance Directory, (Submit New Program). It is free to register. Limited to approved youth shooting sports education organizations: 4H Shooting Sports, SCTP, AIM, Boy Scouts, FFA Shooting Sports, USAYESS, high school shooting sports programs, collegiate programs. Others reviewed on a case-by-case basis. One order per organization, no individual shooter orders.

    NOTES: If you are exempt from sales tax, you must include a sales tax exemption certificate. Otherwise you must pay the state and local sales tax rate based on the “ship to” address. This is a Pre-Pay CREDIT CARD program only so you must supply a valid phone number on the order form so our Customer Service Team can contact you for credit card payment. There is no additional shipping charge, but you are responsible for additional unloading fees (inside delivery, fork rental, etc.). Make sure your facility can handle receiving pallets (fork).


    Champion Targets Youth Program


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    THEIA General Meeting to be Held Before YHEC


    A Texas Hunter Education Instructor's Association (THEIA) General Member's Meeting has been called Friday, October 12th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM, at the Arlington Sportsman's Club, 11500 County Road 525, Mansfield, TX 76063, prior to the State YHEC Championship on Saturday, October 13th.  Discussion items include YHEC, board representation and membership plans for State FY19 (2018/2019).  ALL WELCOME! Come and sign up as a returning THEIA member. (1st Year Hunter Education Instructors automatically are added to the THEIA membership rolls!)

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    Hunter Ed Happenings - Staff/Instructor Photos


    Area Chief Receives His Award!

    Brent Heath, Waco, hooked up with Monica Bickerstaff, N TX Hunter Education Specialist to receive his Regional Volunteer Instructor of the Year award. Both are integral in hosting mentor hunts in at Lake Waco and Lake Whitney, partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For information about the hunts, (volunteer as a guide/mentor), email

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    SPANISH SPEAKING COURSE Held In Houston at Bass Pro Shops

    Bilingual Hunter Education Instructor, Ivan Benavides, Pasadena, taught a hugely successful course on September 29th at the Bass Pro Shops in Pearland. Texas hunter education instructors continue to lead on many fronts by breaking down barriers for participation.  Congrats Ivan!


    Vincent Lecca, Buda, held another successful course, this time at New Braunfel's Fischer Park.  Lecca teaches at locations in Buda, Bee Caves, New Braunfels and Austin.  He is a TPWD Area Chief in Angler Education/Fly Fishing and at TX Master Naturalist, along with his roles his Bowhunter & Hunter Education Instructor and TYHP Huntmaster. Way to go, Vince!


    Central Texas instructor applicants attended a HE Instructor Course at Hog Heaven, a range north of Dripping Springs. At right, Edie Knight, an outdoor education instructor from Dripping Springs ISD, and Walter Stankiewicz, Texas Children in Nature VISTA, safely handle firearms as part of the Skill Trail -- showing her and other applicants how to set up and run a proper trail, as well as live-fire exercises (shotgun).  Morgan Harbison, C TX Hunter Education Specialist was on hand to help Steve Hall, HE Coordinator, teach the instructor course.


    Morgan Harbison, Central TX HE Specialist and Steve Hall, HE Coordinator, taught rifle and handgun basics at the recent Texas Outdoor Education Association annual teacher training workshop held at HEB Camp near Leakey.  Over 150 teachers annually attend the workshop featuring outdoor learning subjects, including shooting sports opportunities. 

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    Student Air Rifle (SAR) Program coming to Houston


    Student Air Rifle (SAR) Program -  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with Outdoor Tomorrow Foundation and TSRA Foundation, are teaming up to host the first-ever Student Air Rifle (SAR) Program in Texas on Thursday, Nov 29th (Trainers Nov. 27-29th), at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School in the Spring ISD, in Houston.  Modeled after the very successful (TX) National Archery in Schools Program, (NASP), the SAR Program uses the same range & procedures as NASP to increase shooting sports opportunities.  NASP instructors are currently being surveyed to ascertain their potential interest in the program.

    If a school already uses NASP, SAR teachers need only to attend a one-day training and secure the equipment that is added to their NASP equipment/supplies. A total of $30,000 in equipment is being donated to the first 10-15 schools that participate in the one-day training. The first Texas SAR Program Trainers will go through all three days of training. SAR uses a standard pellet air rifle/ (non-lead) ammo in place of bow/arrows and a slightly different target base, quiver (stand) and safety net.  However, range design, the "11 Steps to Success" and other equipment (e.g. bow racks) are the same.  The program also achieves the same results as NASP (e.g. better attendance in schools, better grades, more student diversity, higher confidence levels, firearm safety awareness and responsibility.) 

    If YOU want to become a teacher or trainer, please email

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    Know Someone Who Wants to be a Game Warden?



    Beginning October 1st, TPWD began accepting applications for the next Game Warden & State Park Police Cadet Academy to begin in 2019. See TPWD NEWS RELEASE!

    Applications will be accepted until November 16th, so if you know an aspiring candidate, be sure to let them know to APPLY TODAY!

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    QDMA Hosting "Field to Fork" Mentor Hunt in TX


    Know an adult, age 18 or older, who wants to give hunting a try?  If so, please have him/her complete this SURVEY available through the Quality Deer Management Association's new Hunting Heritage Program entitled, "Field to Fork".  Hank Forester, Program Manager, will be in Texas in December to host the mentor hunt, with the support of TPWD and hunter education staff. Similar to mentor hunts provided by TPWD and field staff (e.g. Women's Hunts/Mentor Hunts/Physically Challenged Hunts), this new partner hunt represents more opportunities to introduce adults to hunting, just like we do for youth through the Texas Youth Hunting Program.

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    Deer Hunting 101 Workshop - Sign up Today!


    Saturday, October 20, 2018; 9:00AM-4:00PM

    Lake Waco Wetlands

    1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road

    China Springs, Texas

    Space is limited to the first 40. For more information, including registration, go to Hunter Education Hunting 101 *OPTIONAL*. Enter a search for classes in Waco!

    Attend this FREE (please disregard $15 fee notice), informational workshop. We plan to hike the grounds looking for deer signs (e.g. tracks, scats, habitat) and discuss legal requirements & equipment in Texas. We’ll build the internal organs of a deer and learn the importance of shot placement. Finally, we’ll explore game recovery and blood trailing techniques and discuss freezing and cooking your venison.

    Monica Bickerstaff - N TX HE Specialist

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    Online Registration System - HE Staff Support

    STATE HE ADMIN, Austin - Eddie Kleppinger

    N TX Monica Bickerstaff, D/FW; 469-601-8349 c

    S TX Brock Minton, Corpus; 361-825-3249 w; 361-944-3617 c

    SE TX Heidi Rao, Houston; 713-829-1377 c

    W TX Randy Spradlin, Abilene; 512-923-3509 c

    C TX Morgan Harbison, College; or Steve Hall, Austin; 512-389-8140; 512-550-7330c

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          TPWD & Texas Hunter Education Partner Resources

          Hunter Education Overview | Instructor Resources | Student Resources

          Operation Game Thief | Texas Game Warden Association

          Texas Youth Hunting Program | Texas 4-H Shooting Sports

          Other Hunter Ed Resources

          International Hunter Education Association | NRA PROGRAMS & Services

          NSSF Hunting & Ranges | Texas Hunter Education Instructor Association

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