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TPWD News Release — June 27, 2005

Texas Gets Hunter Education/Recruitment Grants

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently received a $6,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation for hunter education recruitment.

The grant enables the department to evaluate the effectiveness of the “Hunter Education Deferral” program, which allows hunters age 17 and older to hunt for as much as one additional year without completing hunter education, if a licensed adult hunter accompanies them. The grant also allows hunter education staff to look at ways to make hunter education even more convenient. Currently, hunter education volunteer instructors and staff teach over 4,400 courses each year including at least one in every county.

The NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and recreational shooting sports industry. The grants, totaling $422,868.50, were made possible through the NSSF’s Hunter Heritage Partnership program, which was established to help state wildlife agencies enhance opportunities for hunting.

Texas was one of 15 states to receive a grant this year. This is the third year of the NSSF grant program and the second year that Texas has received a grant.

For more information about TPWD’s Hunter Education program, visit the Web site or call (800) 792-1112, ext. 62.

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