WINTERS, TX — Texas Brigades’ latest Experience, “DOVE 101” was hosted in conjunction with the Texas Dove Hunters Association (TDHA) and the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) on January 12, 2019 at 24 Outfitters, LLC. near Winters, TX. Families from Abilene all the way from Dallas enjoyed the day learning and experiencing everything dove-related.
Bobby and Susan Thornton of Texas Dove Hunters Association kicked the day off with curriculum sessions covering topics such as bird identification methods, hunting ethics, field-dressing techniques, and dove habitat. Annaliese Scoggin, a local biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, gave a presentation on conservation tools and provided an in-depth necropsy on a harvested dove. She also brought Cotton, a scaled quail she raised, who provided an educational opportunity as well as entertainment for the group.
After a family-style lunch, the group headed outside to take part in an exercise about firearm and field safety with frisbees and wooden gun replicas. Then, each youth participant became more comfortable with their shotgun by practicing on a patterning board before taking aim at various clay targets.
To top off an educational day, the group headed to the field for an evening dove hunt to practice their new-found skills. Those who did not participate in the hunting portion were able to hone their shooting skills with more clay targets or a laser simulator game. Although no doves were harvested during the hunt, everyone celebrated the successful day with a wild game dinner featuring venison burgers and of course, dove jalapeno poppers.
Texas Brigades, TDHA, and TYHP would like to thank the participating families who attended for taking the time to learn and “Experience” dove with our organizations, as well as the volunteers who donate their time and expertise to our events.
This DOVE 101 Experience was the second collaboration between Texas Brigades, Texas Dove Hunters Association (TDHA), and the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP), to provide a hands-on learning opportunity to families across the state of Texas. Each of these organizations is dedicated to youth conservation education.
If you are interested in learning more about Texas Brigades programs, including Experiences like this one or our Summer Camps for ages 13-17, please visit www.texasbrigades.org. Summer Camp applications are available online at www.texasbrigades.org/applications through March 15th! Questions should be directed to the Texas Brigades office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 556-1391.
Program Manager, Texas Brigades