Texas Youth Hunting Program

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Jerry Warden

Email: j_warden@texas-wildlife.org

Phone: (800) 839-9453

Program details

The Texas Youth Hunting Program was established to increase the numbers of youths participating in wildlife and hunting activities and to promote the hunting heritage in Texas.

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) joined forces to implement the program and offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and affordable. The program hosts introductory, instructive weekend youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, javelina, exotics, dove, small game, waterfowl and other species. Typically, TYHP provides the mentors, lodging and meals.

Planning and Evaluation

Program objectives: 

-To preserve the hunting heritage in Texas for present and future generations.

-To instill in youth a basic understanding of practical conservation measures.

-To encourage wildlife habitat access, enhancement and management.

-To teach the basic skills, values, techniques and responsibilities of hunting.

-To promote the highest ethical standards in hunting.

-To give our youth an initial, positive, safe, educational, mentored hunting experience

-Learn how to hunt safely, legally and ethically.

-Experience a firing range.

-Find out how to track game.

-Learn how to process game.

-Appreciate nature first-hand.

-Make new friends.

-Spend quality time with family and friends.

-Maybe do a little fishing and exploring

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

Comments: Available from TYHP upon request


This program is evaluated: Yes

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Program considerations and recommendations

General comments: -Need Strong Partnerships (sponsors, organizations, landowners, cooperatives, agencies, communities, individuals) - Quality program focus --- hunting access, quality hunting and outdoor family experiences, primarily on private lands - Quantity is related to involvement with hunter education training (knowledge and skills) and hunting outreach events and activities(awareness)

Critical elements to consider when planning this type of program: -Liability protection; risk management; insurance -Volunteer recruitment and management -Private Landowners -Comprehensive training program -Evaluation

Special facilities needed to implement the program: -Identification of private and/or public lands -Regional trailers housing supplies and equipment


Approximate cost to agency/organization to implement program: $120000.00

Approximate staff effort required to implement program: 3