The City’s Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Texas Wildlife Association to host the second annual Texas Youth Hunting Program deer and hog hunt on Nov. 21-22 in Riverside Park.

Local youth ages 12-17 may apply for the program by creating an account at Up to six participants will be accepted. Parks & Recreation will begin reviewing applications and selecting applicants on Nov. 8.

Priority will be given to first-time hunters and those without access to traditional hunting opportunities. Parks & Recreation will help participants obtain their hunting licenses if needed.

The Texas Youth Hunting Program is conducted by the TWA to provide young Texans with safe, educational outdoor experiences. Funding for the program is provided through TWA scholarships and through Parks & Recreation.

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Riverside Park will close at 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 and reopen on Nov. 23. Parks & Recreation will barricade roads and walkways leading into the park and will use red caution tape to block surrounding areas. Signs will be placed in the area to alert residents of the closure.

The Children’s Park, Riverside RV Park, The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar, The Texas Zoo, and Evergreen Cemetery will remain open.


Hosting the hunt in Riverside Park helps to make it available to youth who do not have access to deer leases or similar hunting opportunities. It also helps to address deer and hog overpopulation in the park.


For more information about the hunt or other City Parks & Recreation programs, contact Parks & Recreation at 361-485-3200 or

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