The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters May/June 2021

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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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2 minuti
spring blooms hope, despite pandemic

Spring has sprung! As Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote, “Spring—when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” I won’t get into that, but spring is here and the flowers are blooming, the mockingbirds are fighting over territory, the squirrels are jumping, and the gobblers are gobbling. It’s a good time of the year! Speaking of gobblers gobbling, the spring turkey season is on, and close to 100,000 spring turkey hunters will be out after the strutting toms. Texas has had a spring turkey season since 1969 when we at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department convinced the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission turkeys could be hunted in spring. Reluctantly, the commission approved one county—Kerr—for a short spring season. All went well, and today, all turkey habitat in the…

1 minuti
mother’s and father’s day specials from ttha

Official TTHA gear, special membership packages, bonus gifts—everything you need for your mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Make your shopping easy this year. See ad on page 32 or visit Sneak Peek Valentine’s week 2021 brought snow, sleet, and extreme cold temperatures and was potentially the most-costly weather disaster for Texas. But it also brought some beautiful scenes to our Texas landscapes. In our July/August 2021 issue of The Journal, we will share with you some of those stunning images. If you have a photo you would like us to include, please email to Be sure to include the area and county where the photo was taken. For information on how the severe weather affected our nilgai population, see Will Leschper’s story on page 115. What’s YOUR Trophy…

5 minuti
owen west

Editor's note: This is the twentieth in a series of pioneers to be recognized for their contributions, past and present, to Texas hunting. Owen West is a pioneer of our hunting heritage. Not only is he a seasoned outdoorsman and hunter, he’s also been a part of Texas Trophy Hunters since day one when Jerry Johnston announced he was starting a white-tailed deer association in 1975. Owen, who is Platinum Life Member No. 3, has hunted all over Texas and some of the western states, taking bears, mule deer, elk, whitetails, aoudad, axis, wild turkeys, and other wild animals with both bow and gun. His interest in whitetails and hunting caused him to join Jerry’s staff for the Hunters Extravaganzas held in San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth. This year will…

16 minuti
fence posts

Christina Pittman Selected to Lead TTHA Christina Pittman of San Antonio has been named as president and chief executive officer of Texas Trophy Hunters Association. She has dedicated eight years to TTHA as the organization’s trade show director. Prior to that, she volunteered her time at the Hunters Extravaganzas. Christina and her husband Matt are avid deer hunters, and occasionally grab a fishing pole. The couple share a young daughter, Ava, who is taking after her parents as an outdoors fan. Ava loves joining her parents on their hunting adventures and is especially fond of venison sausage. Ava, 4, is a rowdy girl full of spirit! Christina’s love of hunting began when she was 5, with her father, uncles and cousins in her home state of Texas. Her family moved to Washington…

6 minuti

Of all the management strategies, culling remains the least understood and sometimes controversial management strategy. Recently, a well-produced video raced through social media, aimed at debunking current culling theory. It asserted there was no need to cull any buck, but to their credit, the producers noted that culling yearlings might not be wise. Deer management should be predicated on solid scientific facts. Yet, as with all biological phenomenon, seldom is there such a thing as a “fact.” Every rule has an exception, and ecological systems are not very predictable. In this column, I will discuss culling from a new perspective, one that has practical application. It always has been my position that culling free-ranging herds to produce larger antlered bucks was a waste of time. Our antler growth studies in South Texas…

4 minuti
for the love of the hunt

Hunting and enjoying the outdoors is a favorite pastime of many. David Jones and his wife, Ginger, have always strived to instill in their daughters, Elizabeth and Hannah, a reverence for the sport. Elizabeth, or “Ellie” to friends and family, has experienced a number of memorable times in the field hunting with her father. “Aside from our usual hunting at the ranch, we generally go on an annual trip for mule deer in West Texas,” Ellie said. “I have taken some nice deer, but never any real substantial trophies. I’ve hunted as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until around high school that I took my first buck, a nice 10-point, which at the time was a real trophy for me.” While away at college, finding time to hunt…