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Keeping the hunting tradition, youth-only hunting season begins


POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 7:04pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 7:20pm

General deer hunting season came to an end on January 5, but the season continues for the little ones.

Youth-only season begins January 6 -19 for children 16 and under.

Game Warden, Brad Clark of Texas Parks and Wildlife says, there's a decrease in kids hunting these days.

"We got to get the kids out there hunting because it's the next generation," said Clark.

The Hooker family in Jacksonville is looking forward to it, they welcomed us to their home where TV and technology is not a hobby. Instead 7 year-old Braden says he loves to hunt deer, hogs, and a lot of things with his dad.

Braden showed us where he'd rather be which is outdoors, "It's really fun I get to play with my animals," said Braden Hooker.

"We still have those family that get out there and we still see this kids out there hunting and fishing, we love to see and would like to see more of it," said Clark.

Chad Gulley is a father of three and says hunting was a way of life for his generation, when he was a kid, he couldn't wait to get outside.

"And nowadays you have to make kids go outside, because all they want to do is play video games, and social media and that type thing so it's good to get the kids outside, let them explore the outdoors," said Gulley.

Experts tells us you should take advantage of the youth hunting season with the family. "That way when they become parents, and they become adults they can pass it on to their children it's got to get passed down the line so people keep enjoying," said Clark.

"Kids should put the phone down and get outdoors," said Clark.

Braden agrees, as he was showing us his bow and playing outside with his dogs he shared something very important, "I think kids should get involved in hunting and climbing."

For Youth Hunting information click the link below.

Texas Parks and Wildlife, Youth Only Season Opens:

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