The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Community Archery Program is teaming up with Guadalupe River State Park Sept. 24 to help the public “Explore Bowhunting” during National Hunting and Fishing Day. The event gives participants an opportunity to learn more about bowhunting going into a brand-new season.
“If you’re already beginning the pursuit of archery sports, bring your remaining questions to our staff on site, which includes archery specialists and a game warden too,” said Rob Owen, TPWD Outreach and Recruitment Manager. “If you’re at the stage of ‘I or my family member is interested in bowhunting but could use help beginning,’ this event hopes to start you down the right path with next steps for future seasons.”
The workshop, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m., is open to anyone interested in learning more about bowhunting and free with park entrance fees.
It includes an introductory range with 3D targets, a deer processing (skinning/quartering/butchering) demonstration, cooking conversations, gear examples and activities for youth. In addition, staff will answer questions related to public hunting, regulations and more.
The necessary gear for the workshop is provided so participants should not bring their own bows and arrows.
The workshop is facilitated by the TPWD Community Archery Program, which works on a “train the trainer” model, training teachers and leaders through a National Archery in the Schools Program curriculum in range set-up, safety, program design and coaching. The curriculum is built for community groups like schools, military bases, veterans’ groups, scouts, camps, parks and recreation departments and more. It also provides resources and certification to host a mobile archery range with an audience.
Community archery specialists provide Explore Bowhunting and Explore Bowfishing programming that introduces the skills of bowhunting and bowfishing to new audiences through activities and discussion. Some of the curriculum will be on display in the activities hosted in this event. The programs and the gear needed are available through TPWD to be shared with interested instructors who have access to an existing audience.
Learn more about how to contact a community archery specialist in your region and express your interest in sharing archery with your audience on the Community Archery Program webpage on the TPWD website.