The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters November/December 2019

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The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters offers the latest news and information on Texas whitetail and North American game from professional writers uniquely combined with first-hand hunting experiences from its members! Each issue provides product information for archery, firearms and all of the latest hunting gear.

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3 minuti
editor’s letter

The year of 2019 is winding down, and it has been an interesting and fruitful year for Texas Trophy Hunters. In March, Dave Keith became the new president and CEO. Dave came to TTHA from Mission City Management Incorporated, where he had been employed for eight years. “2020 marks the 45th Anniversary for Texas Trophy Hunters, and I’m glad to be a part of this historic association,” Dave said in a recent interview. We lost Ralph Winingham to the retirement world. Ralph has been a staff writer for The Journal for several years, giving our readers the low-down on dove hunting and shotgun shooting tips. I’ve been a victim of Ralph’s shotgun prowess many times on the competitive bench at the Lonesome Dove Fest in Karnes City, which held its 26th…

1 minuti
we are ttha

NOW THAT YOU’VE KILLED IT … Heat, moisture and dirt can ruin your game meat that you worked so hard to get. Care must be taken to ensure your harvest is handled properly from the field to the table. A tutorial with photos and videos, courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is available at A good, sharp knife is needed in all phases of cleaning game. It makes the work safer and easier because it is less likely to force the blade and lose control of the cut. Buck Knives’ Pursuit Series knives fill the need for the beginner to the experienced, serious hunter. SHARE YOUR STORIES Hunting Season’s here again. Why not share your memorable moments from the new season with us? Sure, posting stuff on social media is quick and…

4 minuti
wingshooting with america’s finest

Every chance I have to spend a day with Alvin Guerro and his fellow veterans from the Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association is a blessing. I met Alvin some years back while shooting skeet in Bandera, and our friendship has grown from there. He is a champion competition shooter and a fine man. Alvin runs a program where vets have a chance to participate in outdoor sports such as sporting clays, hunting and fishing. A couple of years ago, I shot clays with one of Alvin’s group who had recently been injured in combat. He told me that a day spent outdoors doing these types of activities did more for him than six months with the psychiatric doctors. These programs really have a positive impact on the lives they touch. Each of…

5 minuti
pick a spot

After the whitetail season winds down, I start focusing on exotics. In the great state of Texas, we are fortunate to be able to hunt exotics year round. We do a lot of hog hunting throughout the spring and summer with an occasional trip to South Texas to hunt other exotics like axis deer, blackbuck antelope, oryx, and aoudad. Over the summer, my wife and I were invited to Columbus, Texas, to hunt at The Black Gold Ranch, owned by Dean Robichaux. We had heard so many great things about the ranch and could not wait to get there. The 5½-hour trip ahead of us had us anxious. We knew the August heat would make for a physical challenge, but we were ready. We arrived at the ranch that afternoon and met…

6 minuti
hunting with celebrities, and other surprises

If there is one thing I have learned through the many years of deer camps and deer leases, both in Texas as well as old Mexico, is that avid whitetail hunters come from all walks of life and professions. It’s the same way with politicians. Frankly, a camp full of hunters roll better together when they are birds of a feather, and think the same way. I’ve always tried to live by a creed whereby I seldom use or employ anyone—dentists, doctors, attorneys, CPAs, and bookkeepers—unless they were avid, rabid whitetail hunters! Bob Zaiglin, a wayward student of sorts of Al Brothers, and Brothers himself, were two of our original writers for our first publication, Hunter’s Hotline. Back at our beginning, Bob knew By Jerry Johnston, TTHA Founder HUNTING WITH CELEBRITIES, AND…

13 minuti
fence posts

TPWD To Adopt MLD Permit Fee A piece of legislation of interest to landowners and hunters in deer country is S.B. 733. The bill, authored by state Sen. Charles Perry and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 4, 2019, authorizes the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to charge a fee for participation in the Managed Lands Deer Program. Landowners, who are responsible for getting permits for their hunters are hopeful the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department develops a fair charge for the permits, after many years of issuing free permits. The MLD program has been very successful for over 20 years, allowing the doe harvest to double, which provides habitat relief where deer populations are at carrying capacity. Currently, the Commission has yet to decide how much to charge. “We soon…