Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Parks and Wildlife is the state agency with a mission of "managing and conserving the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."


Texas Youth Hunting Program

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...

Hunter Education Deferral Program

The Texas Hunter Education Deferral Program is a hunter apprentice program that, when combined with other hunter education and youth hunting programs, is similar to the "Families Afield" programs of other states. A deferral is a 'license' that can be purchased by a hunter 17 years of age or older to: 1) extend the time it takes him or her to find and successfully complete hunter education, or 2) to "give hunting a try" prior to choosing it as a way of life. Hunter education is required of...