Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ensuring Our Hunting Heritage in Texas

You don’t need a wild herd of elk nearby to feel the influence of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. RMEF’s mission may be to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage, but when it comes to states like Texas –states that do not have a managed, free-ranging elk population— RMEF and its members in those parts continue to reach out to youth to promote and pass on our hunting heritage.

For example, take the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP). Established to increase the number of youth participating in wildlife and hunting activities, TYHP is successful because gracious landowners provide places to hunt, dedicated men and women run the hunts, and various organizations –including RMEF— provide the necessary funding. 

RMEF first got involved with the TYHP in 2003. Since then, RMEF provided more than $91,000 in funding for 17 different TYHP events including several out-of-state cow elk hunts. 

During the 2011-2012 season, RMEF state grant funding provided insurance coverage for 49 youth hunts which allowed 343 boys and girls to experience hunting, wildlife and the outdoors. RMEF funds also provided insurance for eight volunteer training workshops that trained 92 volunteers as TYHP Huntmasters, who over the coming years will introduce scores of youth and their families to safe hunting and wildlife conservation. RMEF funding also allowed the program to recognize volunteers and landowners who spent at least the last decade serving in the program. Members of the RMEF Southeast Texas Chapter also stepped up with the planning, coordination and on-the-ground work to help carry out youth hunts. 

TYHP continues to grow as does its influence and recognition. Thank you TYHP for helping Texas kids get hooked on wildlife, conservation, hunting and a love of the outdoors. We are there with you!

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