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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 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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a good time of year

Texas hunters always look forward to September, and for good reason. We usually get some relief from the summer heat when dove season opens. In a good year with lots of doves, some 300,000—and sometimes 400,000—dove hunters hit the fields and water holes, seeking to fill their bags with the gray ghosts we call mourning doves. It takes a good shooting eye to catch up with the fast-flying, dodging, avian targets that lure Texans to the first hunting season of the year. Texas has a good dove population, which includes mourning and white-wings. After a good nesting season, and with birds coming to Texas from Oklahoma and Kansas, we usually have about 40 million mourning and 15 million white-winged doves to shoot. After the smoke clears (no pun intended), Texans will…

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ttha volunteers at trinity oaks’ h20 youth outdoor adventure camp

Trinity Oaks uses hunting, fishing and outdoor activities to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. And on Saturday, July 28, they made a difference in over 150 young people’s lives. Like all Trinity Oaks events, there was no charge for the kids to participate. Trinity Oaks held the event in Marion, Texas, at the Bexar Community Shooting Range, where the kids spent the day outdoors learning new skills and safety. They had hands-on experience shooting rifles, shotguns, and bows and arrows. They also learned ATV safety and drove an ATV. They caught fish, learned survival skills, and attended seminars on “Why We Hunt,” conservation, calling whitetails, game wardens and law enforcement, preparing and eating wild game meat, and anti-bullying. TTHA’s CEO Karl Kinsel manned the shotgun…

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spotlight on texas trophy hunters

Trophy Buck from Atascosa County Whether it was for birds, whitetail deer, a few exotics, or with little green plastic army men, I’ve been hunting for as long as I can remember. My first memories are from sitting on the back porch with my grandfather, as we took turns shooting a BB gun at my army men that we strategically placed all over some banana trees. Another memory, a less fond one, was hunting with my dad on a friend’s ranch. I was hoping to shoot my first doe. I remember being so small I couldn’t hold the .20-05 rifle on my own. So, as I stood, my dad knelt behind me to help hold the gun and brace me while I shot. Setting up for the shot, he didn’t notice I…

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more of the story

Going back to the very beginning of Texas Trophy Hunters (TTHA), there is of course, lots of history. Many can’t remember because they weren’t even born yet. I’ve had many questions asked about those days, going back prior to 1975. For example: “Why did you choose that particular buck to use as the official logo?” Well, let’s go back. In those days in the ’50s and ’60s, up to 1975, it was a time when deer leases were common. I can remember hunting in Mexico on three different ranches, and I think I hunted down there close to 20 years. Back then it was safe to hunt there, just as it is today. There were not many deer, maybe one animal per 20 to 50 acres. Ranches were huge. Twenty-thousand-acre ranches were…

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fence posts

Americans Enjoy Nature’s Best Red Meat: NIH study: no CWD transmissibility in macaque monkeys The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported in April that chronic wasting disease did not cross the species barrier to infect cynomolgus macaque monkeys—also known as crab-eating macaque monkeys—during a lengthy investigation by NIH scientists exploring risks to humans. In the study, appearing in the Journal of Virology, 14 macaques were cerebrally and orally exposed to brain matter from CWD-infected deer and elk, and then monitored for up to 13 years. Researchers often use macaques to model human prion diseases because they are genetically similar to humans and susceptible to several types of prion diseases known to infect people. Researchers screened tissues for prion disease using several tests and found “no clinical, pathological…

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conservationist, philanthropist george c. “tim” hixon dies

Former Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner, one-time Boone and Crockett president, conservationist and philanthropist George C. “Tim” Hixon died July 18 at the age of 81 in San Antonio. Tim, born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1937, came to Texas in 1962 after an extensive education in the East, and a stint in the armed forces. He joined his uncle in the family business in San Antonio, where he spent the rest of his life. As a highly educated businessman, Tim was also a hunter and fisherman of the highest order. His accomplishments in conservation came from his love of the denizens of the wild and their habitats. Tim was a rare individual in that he had the wherewithal to back up his interests in conservation, preservation, and everything required to achieve…