By Kyle Jillson | August 3 2013 12:11

Find out why Texas' variety of wildlife is a dream for young hunters

August 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, goes deep into the heart of Texas to discover the variety of animals that junior hunters can find.

Whether you're in pursuit of whitetail deer, mule deer, javelina, wild hogs or pronghorn antelope, Texas has it all -- plus some exotics that make the Lone Star State one of hunting's best mixed bags.

Destination: Texas
By Guy J. Sagi

In early May, 18-year old high school senior Braxton Bielski took an 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch alligator while hunting in Texas. Biologists estimated it was between 30 and 50 years old and it's the largest ever certified in the state.

If you think he's an experienced gator hunter who could be an extra on Swamp People because he wrestled meat-eating-reptiles in the backyard before he learned to walk, you're wrong. His record-breaking alligator hunt was his first. And his father, another newcomer to this scaly pursuit, came home with a 10.5-footer the same day.

Those who live in the state are quick to quip, "Everything's bigger in Texas." While that might be stretching the truth a little, there's no denying that the opportunities for young hunters in the Lone Star State are large.

Continue reading the rest of the article in the interactive August issue of NRA InSights right here.

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