The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and very affordable. We sponsor introductory, instructive youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, javelina, exotics, dove, small game, waterfowl, varmints and other species. Normally, we provide mentors, lodging and meals.
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.
Huntmasters organize and lead the hunts for youth and their accompanying adult. They have been through a weekend of training to be certified as a Huntmaster, then are mentored on two hunts by the Area Coordinator or an experienced Huntmaster before leading hunts on their own. AWWC is fortunate to have a group of 26 Huntmasters in the organization.
The key TYHP event of the year for AWWC for the past two years has been the Cave Creek Wildlife Management Association Super Hunt. The Super Hunt involves 13 landowners and a Huntmaster on each ranch, plus a headquarters staff of 10 to host over 40 youth and their accompanying adult for the weekend.
There are Three Key Ingredients
For a successful Youth Hunting Program, there are three key ingredients:
See Texas Youth Hunting Program web site
See article about the 2014 Super Hunt on page 4 of the Feb 2014 Game Bag
For more information on being a TYHP volunteer, or donating the use of your land to host a youth hunt, contact AWWC Chief Huntmaster - Doug DuBois firstname.lastname@example.org