The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

Hunter Education: Five Decades Of Success

unter safety education is an institution, a rite of passage, for hundreds of thousands of new hunters each year, not only in Texas but in every state, Canada, Mexico and other countries. Though the first voluntary program began in 1946 in Kentucky, the first one mandated was in New York in 1949. The New York Conservation Department adopted the NRA’s “Hunter Safety” Program, including their as the primary curriculum. Hunter education programs quickly expanded throughout the United States. The curriculum expanded to include topics such as regulations, hunting ethics, outdoor survival, shot selection and a hunter’s role in wildlife management. In 1972, with the passage of the Dingell Hart Amendment to the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, state fish and wildlife agencies could

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