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Every hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete hunter education (minimum age is 9). Hunter ed covers the core standards in firearm, hunting and outdoor safety, hunting responsibilities and wildlife conservation. Some classroom courses are extended to cover additional topics such as bowhunting, muzzleloaders, outdoor survival and first aid.

Beginning in 1972, the hunter education program was voluntary for 15 years. At first only a few thousand of nearly a million hunters participated in the program, but it did result in some decreases in fatalities and injuries. Since it became mandatory in 1988, nearly 1.25 million Texas students have been certified in hunter ed. Training numbers tripled; accidents, injuries and fatalities all began to drop dramatically.

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In The Wild: Leave Fawns Alone

In the Wild: What the Rut?!

Before the Hunt: The Epicenter of Deer Research

Before the Hunt: Stay Safe in Deer Camp

Before the Hunt: The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety

The Hunt: Becoming a Deer Hunter

The Hunt: Public Hunting

The Hunt: Become a Legend

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The Harvest: Wall-to-Wall Antlers

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The Harvest: Hunters for the Hungry

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The Feast: Venison Loin

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The Feast: Cooking Tips from Tim Love

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