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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 2018

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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jerry johnston: a word from the wise

I guess the most often asked question through the years has been, “How did you—why did you—get the idea for Texas Trophy Hunters?” Short answer: I figured if Ray Scott of BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) could do what he had done for bass fishermen, then maybe I could do that for Texas whitetail hunters. Not nationally, but right here in Texas. I had been working back in the 1970s as a salesman for the American Sportsman Club (ASC). I was a natural salesman, and making good money selling memberships in the Club for hunting and fishing. They had a good top commission scale program. The more you sold, the better your commission. Unlike sales of today, where you get a base pay and you can draw against your base pay,…

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first anniversary buck

For our first wedding anniversary, my wife, Cassandra, and I decided to spend it in a way special to both of us: in a deer stand. We couldn’t think of a better way to get out of the busy hustle of everyday life than spending it outdoors. Cassandra and I have both been hunting our entire lives, but this was only the second time we had ever shared the experience together. She has a long tradition of hunting with her father, Donnie, and since the time I met her, I had heard stories about deer camp and the ones that got away. So, when she asked if I’d like to wake up at 4:30 on a Saturday and freeze in a deer stand with her, I was honored. When the alarms…

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connor’s caldwell county buck

On a Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2017, Connor and I left Austin, Texas, around noon and made a couple of stops in Lockhart, Texas, before heading to the family ranch near Luling, Texas. We were headed there for a one-day father-and-son outing. We planned on potentially going hunting that Sunday afternoon and hanging out and relaxing Sunday night and Monday before returning to Austin late Monday afternoon. Once we arrived at the ranch we unloaded the truck and got ready for our 24-hour stay, which ended up not being that relaxing. But it was a great 24 hours. We decided we would go on an afternoon hunt, mainly looking for hogs. They are a continual nuisance on our small ranch, and we always attempt to keep the hog population in control. Connor…

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fence posts

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Approves Changes for 2018-19 Hunters will see several hunting regulation changes this fall, including an early opener for dove season in the South Zone, a mule deer season in Lynn County, experimental mule deer antler restrictions, an increase to the northern pintail bag limit, and a one week reduction to the spring Eastern turkey season for 2019 in 13 counties. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved the following modifications and clarifications to the 2018-19 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Outdoor Annual: • Open the general dove season in the South Zone on Sept. 14, the earliest starting date for the region since 1950. • Shorten the Eastern spring turkey hunting season in Bowie, Cass, Fannin, Grayson, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Nacogdoches, Newton,…

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laura berry

Laura Berry of Corpus Christi is a pioneer of our hunting heritage. A business icon, she is Chairman of the Board of Berry Contracting, Inc., the largest privately owned company in Corpus Christi that employs over 3,000 people, with offices in Houston; Morgan City, Louisiana; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, as well as a philanthropist, hunter, shotgun pro, and all-around good American. Her contributions to the hunting and shooting world are unparalleled in Texas and elsewhere. Born in Center, Texas, Laura grew up in East Texas as a normal girl who went barefooted in the summer, spent time at the swimming hole, and became involved in school activities and church. After high school, she went to Draughon’s Business College in Dallas. When she graduated, she moved to…

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studies paint bleak picture for future of hunting

For several years I’ve been concerned about the future of hunting in America. Recently, Nathan Rott of NPR’s “All Things Considered” brought these concerns to national attention with a program entitled: “Decline in hunters threatens how U.S. pays for conservation.” (March 20, 2018). Rott cites primarily the most recent “2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, National Overview);” a study conducted every five years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The thoughts and facts presented by Rott certainly are legitimate and appropriate, so I thought this column first would present his conclusions, then follow with my own interpretation and thoughts on what he reported. Rott interviewed a hunter, Tom Wrasse, in his camp in rural Wisconsin. He described the “shack” as a small room adorned by antlers and…