The TYHP is recognized as one of the official educational programs of the Texas Wildlife Association and its partner, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to introduce young Texans to hunting. Each year, the TYHP gives thousands of Texans the opportunity to participate in youth hunting activities, legally and ethically while learning about the valuable role landowners and hunters play in wildlife conservation. Because many youth today do not have the resources or opportunities to experience outdoor activities such as hunting, especially on private land, the TYHP is a solution as it provides hunting activities for many families who have limited income and/or limited access to private and public land.
“The generous support from Houston Safari Club enables the Texas Youth Hunting Program to accomplish its mission – to increase the numbers of youth participating in wildlife and hunting activities,” stated Christopher Mitchell, Executive Director, Texas Youth Hunting Program.
“Houston Safari Club is proud of our partnership with the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation and their Texas Youth Hunting Program,” stated Mark King, Grant Chairman of Houston Safari Club. “Since 2009 HSC has contributed $79,000 to the TYHP and feels this commitment represents the essence of our mission by expanding hunting education and outdoor opportunities for youth in Texas.”
The TYHP believes that it is vital to educate Texans, especially the youth, about the importance of conservation and management of wildlife and native habitat on private land, the valuable roles that landowners and hunters play in wildlife and habitat conservation, and the legacy and responsibility of ethical hunting. Last year, TYHP conducted 223 youth hunts which included a wide variety of game for rifle, shotgun and bow hunts. The grant from HSC will help TYHP continue to expand their hunting program in the Houston area by providing meaningful hunting and outdoor experiences to Houston youth and their families.
“As urbanization continues, it is imperative that we continue to educate and expose as many Texas children as possible to the outdoors, for they will become the future leaders of the state,” stated Tina Buford, President Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, Inc. “With the assistance of Houston Safari Club, we look forward to continuing to enhance and grow TYHP in the Houston area.”
Scarlett Virginia Darby
Director of Publications and Marketing
Houston Safari Club
9432 Katy Freeway, Suite 350
Houston, TX 77055
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