Mentored Hunting Workshops

 

TPWD Mentored Hunting Workshops
Public Hunting in Texas 2022-23

Select state parks and wildlife management areas conduct mentored hunting workshops designed to introduce adult first time hunters to the hunting experience and educate them on the skills they will need to be successful in the field and build a foundation for a lifetime of hunting. These workshops are followed by a mentored hunt on the area.

Mentored Hunting Permits (MHP) are offered to qualified first time hunters and are only valid for a specific public hunting unit and the corresponding workshop dates. The mentored hunting workshop must be completed to receive a MHP for a mentored hunt. Cost: a $25 fee paid on-site is required for the Mentored Hunting Permit.

For information on how to apply for a mentored hunting workshop, contact the staff at the hunt locations below.

Adult first time hunters will be selected according to their level of experience and the order in which they submit their application. If you are selected for a workshop, you will be notified by the hunt manager.

Abilene State Park

Feral Hog

  • Adult first time hunters

  • Dates: January 27 to 29, 2023

  • Bag Limit: no bag limit.

For more information contact the park at (325) 572-3204.

Alazan Bayou WMA

Squirrel

  • First Time Hunters. Mentored hunting workshop for adults 25 years old and older who have never hunted and never completed hunter education.

  • Dates: November 18 to 20, 2022.

  • Details: Workshop will be held on March 27 to 28 and consist of hunter education, woodsmanship and live fire training; followed by guided hunts on the dates provided for various in-season game animals and/or feral hogs.

For more information contact the WMA at (936) 569-8547.

Gus Engeling WMA

Squirrel

  • First Time Youth/Adult hunters

  • Dates: January 7, 2023.

  • Details: Workshop followed by hunt on January 14, 2023 Hunt.

  • Bag Limit: County bag and possession limits apply.

  • Requirements: Hunters will be accompanied by TPWD staff at all times during the hunt.

Waterfowl

  • First Time Hunter

  • Dates: Workshop date is September 24, 2022.

  • Details: Hunt dates will be determined during the workshop by staff. Hunt location (Richland Creek WMA, Big Lake Bottom WMA, Gus Engeling WMA or Keechi Creek WMA) will be determined based upon scouting results prior to the hunt date.

  • Bag Limit: Bag and possession limits for North Zone Waterfowl Season apply.

  • Requirements: Hunters will be accompanied by TPWD staff at all times during the hunt.

For more information contact the WMA at (903) 928-2251.

Inks Lake State Park

White-tailed Deer

  • First Time Hunter

  • Dates: January 9 to 10, 11 to 12 and 17 to 18, 2023.

  • Bag Limit: One deer (antlerless/spike buck) and unlimited feral hogs

For more information contact the park at (512) 793-2223.

Old Sabine Bottom WMA

Feral Hog

  • First Time Hunter

  • Dates: January 6 to 8, 2023

  • Bag Limit: no bag limit.

For more information contact the WMA at (903) 881-8233.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

White-tailed Deer

  • Disabled Veteran (50% VA rating or above) geared toward First Time Hunters.

  • Dates: December 1 to 2, 2022

  • Bag Limit: One deer (mature antlerless only), one Rio Grande turkey (mature either sex) and unlimited feral hogs.

For more information contact the park at (806) 488-2227.

Purtis Creek State Park

Waterfowl

  • First Time Hunter

  • Dates: Workshop is October 8, 2022.

  • Details: Workshop date is October 8, 2022, hunt date #1 is January 7, 2023, and hunt date #2 is January 21, 2023. Workshop attendance is required to attend either hunt date, however previous workshop/hunt attendees will not be eligible to participate.

  • Bag Limit: Bag and possession limits correspond to limits during the North Zone Duck and Eastern Zone Goose seasons.

For more information contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

San Angelo State Park

White-tailed Deer

  • First Time Hunter

  • Dates: January 10 to 12, 2023

  • Bag Limit: Two white-tailed deer (antlerless and spike bucks only, limit 1 spike buck), one javelina, one exotic mammal, and unlimited feral hogs.

  • Requirements: Center fire rifles only; hunt will be by assigned blinds.

For more information contact Jarrett Miller at (325) 277-3258 or the park at (325) 949-4757.

Information valid August 15, 2022 to August 31, 2023