My name is Duke Walton. I have been supporting TPWD Hunter Education for many years.
I also support, Texas State Rifle Association and other shooting sports and youth organizations.
The mission of the Hunter Education Instructor is to teach the youth of today to be safe, legal and ethical hunters. I support this mission with everything I do. The youth are our future and we have to as Instructors teach safety, the laws and ethics for the generations to come.
I am proud to server on the THEIA board of directors to help create the best Instructors Association possible. If I can be of assistance to anyone please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Duke received the Statewide Volunteer Instructor of the year award in 2019 presented by Heidi Rao. The award was based upon the fact that Duke has been giving back to the Hunter community since 1988.
Duke is actively involved in conducting youth and mentor hunts and shooting sports opportunities with his co-Area Chiefs, Bob Boswell, Georgetown and David Hammonds, Fort Worth. They frequently travel with Duke’s trailer full of wildlife furs, skulls, tracks and scat to teach wildlife ID and conservation. They have participated in the national Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) for many years and he helps David run the statewide event in Arlington.
Other events Duke participates in included Take Me Outdoors-Houston, NASP (National Archery in Schools Project), and IBO/3D and a partnership with SCI-Houston to offer Hunter Education to the public at no charge.
This became such a successful partnership that he also began the same program with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He conducted numerous courses, mentored new instructors around Greater Houston and Hunting 101 workshops including Turkey, Western Big Game, and Feral Hog.