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Hunter Education Program recognizes 1.5 millionth student

Austin, Texas – The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is celebrating 50 years of hunter education in Texas and officially recognized Midlothian’s Austin Zurek as the 1.5 millionth student during the meeting of the Commission of Hunters. Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) from Thursday.

Zurek took a classroom course taught by Brian Moss, an outdoor education teacher in the Midlothian Independent School District. Hunter education classes are taught throughout Texas by more than 800 middle and high school outdoor education and agricultural science teachers. To mark this milestone, the student and instructor were presented with a commemorative .22 caliber “Golden Boy” rifle donated by Henry Repeating Arms, a company that annually recognizes the achievements of all hunter education programs. ‘State.

“Hunter education is a proud tradition for Texas,” said Carter Smith, executive director of TPWD. “It’s become the proverbial rite of passage to safe, responsible and savvy hunting and target practice. We are very pleased to honor Austin and Brian and mark this milestone for this important program.

The first course in Texas was held on February 28, 1972, and since then over 1.5 million students have attended Texas Hunter Education statewide. The course was initially voluntary, but on June 11, 1987, with the signing of SB 504 by Governor Clements, a Texas Hunter Education Act was established. The TPW Commission then passed rules for a mandatory hunter education program on June 1, 1988 and established a grandfather date of September 2, 1971, meaning anyone born on or after that date must successfully educating hunters to legally hunt in Texas.

“It’s a special occasion and if you look at the 50-year history of the program, you’ll see that we’ve honored the 100,000th, 500,000th and millionth student in the same way,” said Steve Hall, coordinator of the education TPWD Hunter. “It’s exciting to know that in a state with 1.2 million licensed hunters, most have taken a basic course, which overall has dramatically reduced the rate of hunting accidents (see Reports from ‘hunting accidents), dramatically increased game law compliance rates and improved the image of hunters and hunting.

As more Texans continue to take to the field and start their own hunting traditions, TPWD Hunter Education continues to be the first stop for the next generation of safe, legal, and ethical hunters. Today, in addition to the basic Hunter Education courses, the program offers advanced learning opportunities such as Hunting 101 and Bowhunter Education to strengthen hunter skills. To learn more about Texas Hunter Education, and how to find a course, as well as other resources, visit the Hunter Education page on the TPWD website.

Hunters must have proof of Hunter Education certification on them while in the field. Hunters have access to their Texas proof of Hunter Education in the free Outdoor Annual mobile app for iOS and Android.