Bowhunter University Program:
These courses make for a safe, ethical, effective bowhunter. Pick one or all. Hunter Ed is a state requirement for a hunting license. Bowhunter 101 will make you successful in Texas. IBEP is required for special hunting lands. Treestand Safety is a must for elevated hunting. Today’s Crossbow should be taken by anyone investing in a crossbow.
NOTE: Texans Archery Club organizes hunts periodically for its’ membership. These are day/extended group hunts at reduced group rates, and community service hunts (possibly requested by a Game Warden for pest control in urban areas, private landowner feral hog control hunts, etc). A TAC member must have a valid hunting license and have completed the IBEP certification to participate – in most instances.
Youth completing the IBEP certification may also be considered for special youth bowhunting programs occasionally available.
Hunter Education - The Field Experience (one session, cost $15): TPWD Requirements
2012 Classes scheduled for 8am to noon on: 2012 completed, 2013 not scheduled yet.
Over 30,000 youth and adults are required by Texas law to take Hunter Ed to qualify for purchase of a hunting license. This can be a two day course, or an online course with a one day “field” portion (includes a skills trail, live firing exercise, ethics presentation, review and final exam). The field course is typically 4 to 6 hours. Archery is included in this curriculum with minor “safety” reference. Minimum age is 9 years.
“Hunter Education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility, and outdoor skills. This course is particularly suited to novice or young hunters. All materials are provided and subjects are covered in depth to enable the student to successfully complete the Hunter Education certification process.”
Basic hunter education certification courses are held one weekend per month at Texas Archery Academy by TPWD certified instructors with a cost of $15. This is the “field” portion only, you must complete the online course prior to attending.
Today’s Crossbow (quarterly two hour seminar, cost $15) Held after Hunter Ed classes the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Bowhunter 101 (two, 2 hour seminars, cost $50) Sign up at TXAA
Seminar on where and how to bowhunt in Texas. Emphasis is on actually making ONE shot count! This gives the new hunter confidence in his equipment and technique. Discussion on the Texas Public Hunting Lands Program, Hagerman Federal Wildlife Reserve, private land leasing, and local day-hunt outfitters.
Session One is indoors – classroom seminar on “How and Where”. Then your equipment is reviewed, tuned and tested on the range.
Second session is outdoors for practical field preparation and hunting method…shooting from stands,etc. Put your rig through the paces shooting field tips and broadheads. Come dressed to hunt! Stand safety and hunting techniques (stalking/blinds) emphasis.
International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) cost is $15 - (Texas Class Schedule):
A certification program designed and administered by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) to train bowhunters throughout North America and internationally. The ultimate goal of the IBEP is to provide bowhunters, both experienced and new, with the basic fundamentals of good, safe bowhunting while maintaining the highest ethical standards in the sport – instilling a responsible attitude towards people, wildlife and the environment in which they hunt. This class grants a certification that is currently required to bowhunt many public lands in many states (including Texas) and many foreign countries. For anyone considering bowhunting, this should be a prerequisite before stepping into the field. Minimum age is 12 years.
The class has approximately 10 hours of interactive classroom/online study and 3 hours of practical field training. Next Class scheduled April 20&21.
Interested in classes? Enroll at TXAA.