Friday, June 27, 2008

Texas Hunter Education Course

Hunter Education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility, and outdoor skills.

Hunter Education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility, and outdoor skills.

Who is required to take Texas Hunter Education?
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9 years and cost is $15.

If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
* under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied*.
* age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied*.
*Accompanied means: By a person who is at least 17 years of age; who is licensed to hunt in Texas; who has passed hunter education, or who is exempt (born before September 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control.

Please note that some federally controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have hunter education certification. In Texas, this includes Corps of Engineers property and most military reservations. Be sure to check with the specific area prior to going hunting.

The traditional hunter education course averages 14 hours of instruction over two or more days. The cost is $20.00. Courses are offered across the state throughout the year and are taught by certified volunteer instructors. The Texas Agrilife Extension Service in cooperation with local game wardens will be providing a traditional training on August 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th at the Leon County Annex Grand Activity Room. Each night instruction will begin at 6:30 pm, and the exam will be given on the final night of training. Participants are required to pre-register by contacting the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Leon County at 903.536.2531. The training will have a limited amount of space and a seat can only be reserved by paying the $20.00 registration fee in advance. Extension programs serve of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service


Texas Agrilife Extension Service Summer Computer Training provides unique experience for local participants. This one day training for beginner and advanced computer users was provided on June 23, 2008 the program began at 8:30am at the Centerville High School Computer Science Department and provided hands on training for participants involved. The course was taught by local instructor Dottie Sullivan and Mr. Davin Davis of Fairfield, Texas. This is the third year for this strong summer outreach program that is welcomed by many local participant each summer.

Texas Agrilife Extension Service Instructor Dottie Sullivan explains to participants new procedures to help extend the life of the computers.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Monday, June 23, 2008


On Wednesday June the eighteenth at eight o’clock in the morning,
Texas AgriLife Extension Agents Tommy and Wendy Neyland and Intern
Matthew Townsend departed Centerville with twelve eager 4-H members, to
attend the District VIII 4-H Leadership Lab at the Texas 4-H Center in
Brownwood, TX. The three day conference provides members of 4-H with
many skills in areas ranging from Public Speaking and Teamwork to
Dancing and Canoeing. Overall, the purpose of the conference is to
promote further Service, Thought, Loyalty, and Health in the lives of
120 4-H youth leaders from across Central Texas.
The Lab started at two pm with opening ceremonies and a brief
explanation of the camp facilities and its rules. The memberss began
their journey through the eventful weekend by meeting each other through
several Leadership Challenges given by Keynote Speaker Clint Hopping, a
student of Texas A&M University and former state officer of the Texas
FFA Association. Afterward, the district officers began teaching their
sessions to the members. Current district officers from Leon County are
Will Mchaffey, Christy Cockrell, and Justin Pistone. Each of these
individuals teamed up with other members of the officer team and
presented their curriculum to the members attending. Both Wednesday and
Thursday nights were filled with a three hour themed dance. The first
dance was an “Before Centennial” Dance and the second was
“Unfolding The Future”Dance. At the end of each day, the district
officers would wrap up with a Vespers program, a time of thought and
reflection. Then, students headed back to their cabins for “lights
out” and sleep.
On Thursday afternoon, several Leon County memberss ran for
district office, and Leon County 4-H faired very well. Will Mchaffey
WILL serve as the new District VIII President; Christy Cockrell followed
as the new Second Vice-President, and Ryan McCarty is now the Distict
Treasurer. These members are to be commended because never before has
Leon County collected the President’s position on the district
council; Leon County 4-H also snatched the next available position in
Cockrell as Second Vice-President. Finally, the county brought a new
face to the officer positions in McCarty. These students campaigned
during camp and gave speeches in front of over one hundred people, a
task that frightens even the most elegant of speakers. If you should see
these leaders, congratulate them for their accomplishments.
At the Lab Banquet, awards were given to members who were: Most
Spirited, Best Dancing Male and Female, Most Outgoing, and Best Costume.
Travis Powers of Leon County 4-H brought home Best Dancing Male, and
Jana Richmond of Leon County 4-H took Most Spirited camper. Also at the
banquet, a retiring address was given by Leon County’s Justin Pistone;
Pistone was Delegate At-Large for the Texas State 4-H Council. His
address was filled with encouraging words of wisdom for the younger
members, and he ended with a quote; “When Life shuts a door, open a
window!” Justin served the Texas 4-H over the last year, and will be
dearly missed by those he impacted through his service.
Other members from Leon County 4-H who attended and contributed to the
District VIII Leadership Lab were: Amy Terry of Buffalo, Brooke Whitmore
of Marquez, Estefani Castro of Oakwood, Kelcey Cockrell of Oakwood,
Reagan Robertson of Normangee, and Taylor McGill of Buffalo.

Amy Terry, Estefe Castro, Jana Richmond
seconf Row
Wendy Neyland, Christy Cockrell, Reagan Robertson, Brooke Whitemire,
Kelcey Cockrell
Third Row
Tommy Neyland, Travis Powers, Justin Pistone, Taylor Mcgill, Will
Mahaffey, Ryan McCarty, Matthew Townsend

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service