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This Week on HSCF’s “Hunting Matters” Radio & Podcast: Heidi Lyn Rao, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Specialist

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Heidi Lyn Rao, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Specialist for Southeast Texas.

Heidi Lyn Rao was employed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in 1998 and has recruited, skilled, and retained volunteers, because the Hunter Education Specialist for Southeast Texas. In 2010 she additionally assumed the position as statewide Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Coordinator.  

During her TPWD profession, she developed many partnerships and organized many training & outreach occasions. She began “Take Me Outdoors Houston” in 2009, when the Texas Wildlife Expo ended, and this would be the 14th yr. She hosts wildlife workshops starting from alligators to huge recreation. She promotes searching and out of doors security to teams starting from elementary faculty aged to flying offshore through helicopter to talk to grease and fuel workers in the course of the Gulf of Mexico on a platform. From educating firearm security to Rodeo Clowns throughout the Houston Rodeo, to internet hosting Hunter Education lessons on the Sam Houston (horse) Raceway, conducting National Archery within the Schools Program and Student Air Rifle certifications, and partnering with many searching, taking pictures and conservation organizations throughout Texas.         

She has coordinated 25 statewide BOW workshops throughout Texas, together with the first-ever VIRTUAL BOW in 2020. She has reached over 6,000 Ladies who’ve attended BOW and continued their outdoor expertise finally turning into hunters, anglers, and archers, particularly by way of mentored BOW hunts. To date, 10 Texas Outdoor Women Network (TOWN) teams have launched throughout the state due to the statewide BOW. 

She acquired IHEA’s Professional of the Year; IHEA’s Executive Director’s Award; Houston Safari Club Educator of the Year and she can also be within the Texas Hunter Education Halls of Fame. 

She and her (now retired) TPWD Game Warden husband of 23 yrs., John, have 4 boys: Dominic is 20 and works for Laser Shot Simulations in Houston; Matthew is eighteen and is a graduating Senior; JohnJohn is 16 and might be a Sophomore; and Luke is 13 and might be in seventh grade. The Rao’s are avid hunters and get pleasure from trapping and the taking pictures sports activities collectively. 

About Hunting Matters
Tune in to “Hunting Matters” with Houston Safari Club Foundation Executive Director Joe Betar as he engages in conversations with friends, from varied backgrounds, who’ve a ardour for searching and conservation. Great discussions, information, searching laws updates and extra! “Hunting Matters” airs every Saturday, 6am-7am CDT on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest operating radio station. “Hunting Matters” can also be obtainable through podcast on Apple/iTunes, iHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, PodBean and Spreaker. Subscribe, hear and present a evaluate and ranking. Hunting Matters is a 2022 Gold AVA Digital Awards winner!

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group whose mission is to protect the game of searching by way of training, conservation, and the promotion of our searching heritage. HSCF has awarded 638 scholarships totaling $2.77 million {dollars}. HSCF conducts youth out of doors teaching programs, profession coaching, hunter training and discipline experiences all year long. HSCF has offered over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and varied conservation initiatives. HSCF is an unbiased group, just isn’t affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its associates and just isn’t a chapter or affiliate of another group. Visit our web site at or name 713.623.8844 for extra data. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.



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