Fall Workshop to Help New Hunters

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has developed a first-of-its-kind workshop called "Hunt Texas: The Basics" designed to provide new hunters with the basic skills needed to successfully pursue a variety of Texas game species.

The workshop will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., Sep. 16 at the Helotes 4-H Center, 12132 Leslie Rd. in Helotes. The workshop will also cover locating public and private hunting opportunities, firearm selection, hunter education requirements and the Texas Youth Hunting Program. A catered lunch and field demonstrations will take place at nearby Government Canyon State Park and will focus on camouflage, habitat evaluation, blind placement and field care of game.

The purpose of the workshop is to develop responsible and successful hunters who recognize the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation. It is designed for new hunters, hunters who have recently moved to Texas from other states, and people who have an interest in hunting but do not know where to start. This includes both youth and adult hunters. Corporate Sponsors at this time include Cabela’s, the Texas Wildlife Association and Dury’s Gun Shop in San Antonio. Door prizes from the sponsors will be awarded at the workshop.

To register, send your name, address, phone number, number of attendees and a check for $20 per adult to TPWD San Antonio Urban Wildlife Office, 12861 Galm Rd., San Antonio, TX 78254. The fee for youth (ages 16 and under) accompanying an adult will be $10 instead of $20. Please make checks payable to Alamo Area Master Naturalists. Lunch and refreshments are included. For more information please contact David Veale, TPWD Private Lands Biologist at (830) 424-3407 or Richard Heilbrun at the San Antonio TPWD Urban Wildlife Office at (210) 688-6444.