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The Journal of the Texas Trophy HuntersThe Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters

The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters July/August 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


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summertime means exotics, extravaganzas

Texas Trophy Hunters has had a new CEO since March, and we’re glad to introduce Dave Keith with his bio in Fence Posts (page 18). Dave comes from the parent company, Mission City Management, Inc., where he has served as chief finance officer for nearly eight years. Dave will be a “regular” at the headquarters in Hollywood Park on Loop 1604, and you can meet him at the coming Extravaganzas in Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio (see page 1). The Journal cover for this issue features Benny Rodriguez of Lockhart, our lucky hunter who won a free whitetail hunt on Hogan Wilderness Retreat just south of Bastrop in Caldwell County. Benny got a trophy eight-point hunting with Jason Shipman on the well-managed property in the “Caldwell County Hills.” The big eight…

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the journal of the texas trophy hunt

Founder Jerry Johnston Publisher Texas Trophy Hunters Association Chief Executive Officer Dave Keith 210-632-3413 • dave@ttha.com Editor Horace Gore Executive Editor Deborah Keene Field Editor Jason Shipman Associate/Online Editor Martin Malacara Graphic Designers Luke Murray Faith Peña Staff Writers Jim Heffelfinger, Dr. James C. Kroll, Ted Nugent, Brandon Ray, Gary Roberson, Ralph Winingham Contributing Writers Scott Dewitt, John Goodspeed, Thomas Hale, Michael Howell, Lee Leschper, Will Leschper, JD Martin, Jack McKinney, McKenzie Mull, Mike Murphy, Scott Murray, Jason Smalley, Matt Williams Director of Sales & Digital Media Dillon Brown 210-310-9499 • dillon@ttha.com Sales Representative Tim Hinojosa 210-396-2160 • tim@ttha.com Texas Trophy Hunters TV Jerry Johnston 210-288-1558 • jerry@jjtexasranch.com Advertising Production Deborah Keene 210-288-9491 • deborah@ttha.com Membership/Marketing Director Lauren Conklin 210-491-2133 • lauren@ttha.com Trade Show Director Christina Pittman 210-491-2126 • christina@ttha.com Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator Jennifer Beaman Accounting Assistant Sandra Pastran…

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the granddaddy of all hunting shows

The 2019 Hunters Extravaganza is here. What a great place to beat the heat this summer. You’ll see everything hunting—clothing, knives, archery, feeders, blinds, and much, much more. Test your skills in the 3D Archery Tournament, enter our Annual Deer Competition, and enter to win some fantastic prizes in our NEW Locked & Loaded Giveaway. Be sure to stop by the TTHA Gear booth for new TTHA merchandise. Don’t forget that members receive a discount on their gear purchases. See page 32 for more Extravaganza info. Everyone is looking forward to the 2019 TTHA Annual Deer Competition at the Extravaganza. You can enter your buck simply by bringing in your mount from the 2018-2019 hunting season and presenting your TTHA membership. Not a member? That’s OK. You can join right there…

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surprise buck

In the spring of 2018, I decided my 6-year-old son Jaxton was ready to shoot his first deer. Before taking him hunting in the fall, I wanted to make sure he knew about gun safety and could shoot well enough to take an animal. I started him on a .22 LR, and he quickly moved up to shooting a .223. Then, he graduated to a 6.8 SPC. Jaxton was ready to go. The only thing left to do was to wait for a chance to take him hunting on a family friend’s land. It’s located in the Texas Hill Country. It’s also perfect for kids because the deer are fairly relaxed and there’s always a lot of wildlife action. Jaxton’s first hunt would come on Thanksgiving. We went to our friend’s place…

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hope prevails

Hope Hale is the youngest of three daughters in a family of avid hunters and outdoorsmen. Starting at about the age of four, Hope would tag along on hunts with her dad, mom, sisters, and uncle. This past hunting season, after spending a few years on the sideline watching her older family members hunt in the Texas Hill Country where we live, Hope decided she was ready to become more than just an observer. Midway through the 2017-18 season as a 7-year-old, she began to express interest in getting her own deer to decorate the walls of the family cabin, in Utopia, Texas, just like everyone else in the family. After discussing it with Dad, she made the commitment to start practicing with her rifle as often as she could to…

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jennie crowder remembers

Every family, and almost every wildlife species, has a matriarch. And so it was with the birth of TTHA. I had done all I could do in forming our association. I needed help, so I ran an ad in the newspaper. I got a few responses, only hearing their voices, but I got one call from a girl that was different. This girl sounded country, and country she was! She had the accent down just right. When I interviewed her, I was pretty sure I had found the right gal, so I hired her right on the spot. Her name is Jennie Crowder, and she is definitely a country girl. She remained as my right-hand girl for over 30 years. Today, most everyone in the hunting industry knows her name. Here’s what…