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

The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters September/October 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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the journal of the texas trophy hunters

September/October 2019 Volume 44, No. 5 Official Publication of The Texas Trophy Hunters Association, Ltd. 326 Sterling Browning Rd. San Antonio, TX 78232-1220 210-523-8500 • Founder Jerry Johnston Publisher Texas Trophy Hunters Association Chief Executive Officer Dave Keith 210-632-3413 • 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 Heffefinger, Dr. James C. Kroll, Ted Nugent, Brandon Ray, Gary Roberson, Ralph Winingham Contributing Writers Albert Bernal, John Goodspeed, Steven Holden, Ken Johnson III, Chad Jones, Julie Krebs, Lee Leschper, Will Leschper, Mike Murphy, Heath Payne, Craig Wandling, Matt Williams Director of Sales & Digital Media Dillon Brown 210-310-9499 • Sales Representative Tim Hinojosa 210-396-2160 • Trophy Hunters TV Jerry Johnston 210-288-1558 • Advertising Production Deborah Keene 210-288-9491 • Membership/Marketing Director Lauren Conklin 210-491-2133 • Trade Show Director…

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september kicks off texas’ hunting seasons

Any Texan will tell you September is a welcomed month. Football fans will yell their approval; folks in the Panhandle will start thinking of cold weather and snow tires; and dove hunters all along I-20 will clean their shotguns and look for bargains in shells. Yes, September spells the beginning of hunting seasons in Texas. The Sept. 1 opening of dove season in Texas—for the North and Central Zones—was not a stump resolution by George Washington, nor was it an official declaration by Sam Houston. It was part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which first included the United States and Canada, and then in 1936, Mexico. Under the rules of the treaty, no migratory bird, as listed, can be hunted before Sept. 1, and for no more than 70…

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it’s all about the gear

Bow season is right around the corner and TTHA wants you to take your shot with a brand you can trust. Trophy Hunters has teamed up with Martin Archery to bring you the new ADIX30 TTHA Edition compound bow. The ADIX30 is the most versatile hunting machine ever, designed and engineered to offer the best archery experience available. See more information on the TTHA Edition bow at SHOW YOUR SKULL Check out all of our new TTHA cap colors for the upcoming hunting season. Our new line-up includes Richardson style caps in plenty of color choices for the whole family. Visit for our full line of merchandise. What’s YOUR Trophy Experience? Send your story and photos to: Follow Us!…

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spotlight on texas trophy hunters

I’ve always dreamed of having my own hunting lease. All those years waiting for a friend’s invitation to go hunting, and not getting it, was hard. Getting my own lease in 2003 was a dream come true. The lease was in Live Oak County, a little under 250 acres, and about 35 minutes from Beeville. All I could afford for the first three years was one blind, a feeder and a camera. But I was never disappointed. I could go to the ranch any time I wanted, day or night. That’s all that mattered to me. My grandsons, Tyler, 8, Dylan, 6, and Blake, 6, were spending most of their summers with me. I wanted to get them interested in the outdoors instead of playing video games all day long. Tyler was…

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mason’s first hunt

It was opening morning for spring turkey season in South Texas on March 16, 2019, when my godson, Mason Wagner, took his first animal ever in a hunt. It happened like clockwork and it couldn’t have happened in a more unbelievable fashion. My best friend and longtime military buddy, James Wagner, and his son Mason, 7 years old, had been practicing for 2 months with Mason’s brandnew Mossberg .410 shotgun. Mason had been hitting targets with 2½-inch shells at 20, 25, and 30 yards for months, and we were certain to give this little guy an attempted shot at a turkey. As everyone knows, turkeys don’t always read the script, but this turkey hunt was one for the ages. We had to walk 200 yards behind Mr. Darren Westfall’s house to…

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extravaganza memories

By the time you read this article, you will probably have been to, or you’re at one of our Hunters Extravaganzas that have become bigger and better every year. When I think back on the many years it took to get the event where it is today, I think of the dedicated staff with pure determination and pride to present the best of the best, whether it be deer blinds, feeders, wildlife calls, or clothing—plus all the latest must-have gadgets you see on TV. Staff like Debbie Keene, Sandy Pastran, Jennie Crowder, Horace Gore, and more, helped make the shows come together. Danny Hurtt, in the top photo on my right, was like the brother I never had. He was a “make-it-happen” kind of guy who never let us down. Danny…