A Texas History of Hunting: In a Nutshell
Texas has a legendary and super interesting history when it comes to hunting.
It's a skill that has been around forever in Texas, dating back to the pre-Columbian times when native tribes would hunt game like Buffalo and deer for scrumptious food or fashionable clothing.
Then some buttholes from Europe came over and started hunting animals for sport and fun.
Eventually hunting in the area that would become the Lone Star State was used for commercial purposes like making buffalo hides or shoes and scarves out of other animals.
Because of these buttholes, the Buffalo was almost extinct by the end of the 19th century in Texas.
By the 1900s hunting in the state became more of a fun and recreational activity, which is obvious from the state's establishment of game preserves and hunting regulations.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was established in 1895 and has played a key role in managing and conserving the state's wildlife resources.
Today, hunting is an outrageously popular pastime and an important economic driver.
A BIG reason is that Texas has a lot of different game species including white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, dove, and waterfowl.
Hunting in the state also provides important conservation benefits, as hunting fees and revenues from the sale of hunting licenses and permits are used to fund wildlife management and habitat conservation programs
For Texans, hunting will always be a badass thing that is a tradition and an essential part of the state's culture and economy.