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The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters January/February 2019

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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6 Issues


2 min.
rolling into the new year

Deer season is in full swing, and, as usual, many high-quality bucks have been reported. One of the biggest was a tremendous non-typical killed by our close friend, Laura Berry of Corpus Christi. Her son, Marty, guided Mamma on the hunt, which may be her best buck ever! She’s taken a lot of good bucks, with many being Muy Grande prize winners. But she might catch some other contests, including the Texas Big Game Awards, with this buck. Speaking of contests, Texas hunters have always been “under the gun” when it comes to entering a buck in Boone and Crockett’s record book. High fences emerged on the scene in the ’60s, which eliminated all bucks taken behind a deer-proof fence. Then, there’s the thing of shooting a deer from a vehicle…

1 min.
ttha hunters extravaganza annual deer competition

Did you know TTHA Members can enter our annual Deer Competition at the Hunters Extravaganza shows absolutely FREE? That’s right. Just bring your buck to any of the shows in Houston, Fort Worth or San Antonio and you could win some fabulous prizes—maybe even a TTHA Platinum Life Membership. Don’t think your mount will be ready in time? That’s okay, too. Just bring in the antlers. Those are eligible, the same as the finished mount. We even have a category for the “Best in the Previous Five Seasons.” Take a look at Albert Bernal’s fantastic buck. He wasn’t able to make it in 2017, so he entered our 2018 contest and won the category. We scored his buck at an awesome 1573⁄8”. Watch for Mr. Bernal’s exciting hunting story in an upcoming…

9 min.
spotlight on texas trophy hunters

My Trophy Exotic By Rylie Granger Christmas 2017 was a huge holiday for me. I received one of the best gifts ever: a surprise hunt at Cactus Creek Bowhunting Ranch in Nixon, Texas. My boyfriend, Gage, was adamant on surprising me. I had been asking for a hunt since he killed his axis. I honestly did not think that it would really happen, but it did. My hunting addiction started when he took me to shoot my first doe. Growing up on a farm, I was raised around hunting, but the deer are a tad bit different than in the Hill Country. I am truly blessed to have met someone who has such a passion for this sport. He has helped me along the way to becoming a huntress. Our hunt started on March…

4 min.
a tale of two tv shows

Once upon a time, not long ago, I was thinking about a new project for Texas Trophy Hunters. The year was 1997, and the TTHA membership was strong. The Journal—originally called Hunters Hotline—was the best of its type in the Southwest, and the Hunters Extravaganzas were very successful in Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. All was well, but I kept thinking about a television show. Not being familiar with the workings of television, that was all I was doing—thinking. Later on, I met Brian Hawkins, a seasoned TV professional. Gary Roberson, of Burnham Brothers in Menard, introduced me to Brian. Gary said, “Hook up with Brian Hawkins. He is tops in the video and TV world.” I took Gary’s advice, and as time went by, Brian and I put together…

10 min.
fence posts

Bill Carter: 1934-2018 Bill Carter, noted outdoorsman, hunter, rancher, and philanthropist, died in October after a battle with cancer. Honored by The Journal as a pioneer of our hunting heritage, Carter made great strides to promote the hunting and outdoor industry throughout Texas. Carter spent a lifetime building and cultivating relationships all in the name of hunting. His passion for the sport, and taking care of folks in general, went unparalleled by anyone’s standards. Carter is best known as the owner of Carter’s Country sporting goods stores in Houston. Around 1963, Carter bought a shooting range. He and his wife Ellen would later expand their fledgling business to eventually create four Carter’s Country stores. “Folks come into one of our stores as a customer and leave as a friend,” Carter said in a…

4 min.
zinke expands hunting, fishing at 30 nwrs

Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke opened more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. This brings the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312. “As stewards of our public lands, Interior is committed to opening access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down this American heritage,” Zinke said. “These 30 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for American sportsmen and women across the country to access the land and connect with wildlife.” Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156 billion in economic activity…