2017 Hunters Extravaganza in Houston Texas

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Hunters Extravaganza 2017 Kicks off on August 4th @ 3:00 pm through August 6 @ 5:00 pm. This years event will be held at the NRG Center, located at: One NRG Parkway, Houston, TX 77054

The Granddaddy of ALL Texas hunting shows is back for 2017 – so, make sure you and the whole family are there! Try out the latest deer hunting equipment, hunting accessories, hunting clothing, rifles, knives, archery & other exciting hunting gear.

Ticket Info

FREE for Kids 12 and under

FREE Active Military and Veterans with ID!

FREE for TTHA Members

This is the place where hunters from across Texas and beyond gather each year to get ready for hunting season. Whether its deer hunting equipment, hunting accessories, hunting clothing, rifles, knives, archery or any other hunting gear-hunters know they’ll find it at the Hunters Extravaganza. Plus, hunters enter great contests, see exciting attractions, meet their favorite hunting and sports celebrities and more!

You don’t want to miss this event! There will be something for everyone and you are bound to leave this event having learned something new and possibly with a new hunting toy or two! Active Military and Veterans, TTHA members, Platinum Life Members and Kids under 12 are FREE!  Come check out all the latest and greatest in hunting tools, deer blinds, and hunt accessories to make your next deer hunt the best it can be.

Hunters Extravaganza Dates:
Friday, August 4, 2017 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 9:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

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NRG Center
1 Reliant Park
Houston, Texas 77054

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Ticket Information

-Adults: $10
-Kids 13 to 17: $5
-FREE for kids 12 and under
-FREE Active Military and Veterans with ID
-FREE TTHA Members on Friday
-FREE TTHA Platinum Life Members all weekend

Need further information? Find more information here on the TTHA website.

 

New Chronic Wasting Disease Management Response Rules Adopted

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved amendments to chronic wasting disease (CWD) management response rules based in part on discovery of the disease in a free-ranging white-tailed deer west of San Antonio.

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The changes address containment and surveillance measures, and permitted movement of live deer, in portions of Bandera, Medina, and Uvalde counties as well as zone delineations in the northwest Panhandle.

Last year, the Commission established a CWD Surveillance Zone (SZ) in portions of Bandera, Medina, and Uvalde counties as a result of CWD being confirmed in permitted deer breeding facilities in the area. A containment Zone (CZ) was not established in this area because the disease had been detected only in permitted deer breeding facilities or their adjacent release sites, all of which had been issued hold orders or quarantines by Texas Animal Health Commission; these measures included requirements that satisfied the need for a CZ. This particular SZ was exempted from mandatory sampling and carcass movement restrictions in lieu of a local voluntary hunter and landowner effort to submit samples.

However, CWD was subsequently detected in a free-ranging white-tailed deer within that SZ, which introduced an epidemiological imperative to designate that area as a CZ by emergency rule and require CWD testing and restrictions on movement of live deer and hunter-harvested deer. The new rules replace the emergency rules and establish as a CZ all land located within two miles of the property boundaries where CWD has been detected in permitted deer breeding facilities, and within five miles of the approximate location where the CWD-positive free-ranging whitetail was harvested. A SZ is proposed for all land that does not fall within the proposed CZ, but is surrounded on the north by F.M. 470, on the east by F.M. 462, on the south by U.S. Highway 90 and the west from the intersection of U.S. 90 and the Sabinal river, following the river north to the intersection of F.M. 187 and north along F.M. 187 to F.M. 470.

Amendments to the SZ delineations in the northwest Panhandle extending the zone east of the cities of Amarillo and Dumas have also been adopted by the Commission to make sample submission and carcass disposal more convenient for hunters.

The new rules also provide greater latitude for permitted movement of live deer as it relates to CWD containment and surveillance zones. Under these new provisions, permitted movement of captive deer into a CZ or SZ may occur, as well as movement within the zones by permit holders having Transfer Category 1 or 2 status provided certain guidelines are met. Harvest on release sites must be equal to or exceed the number of breeder deer introduced that year and deer may be released from TC 2 facilities to an adjacent release site once “Not Detected” tonsil biopsy test results are obtained.

This Weekend in Fort Worth – Pull for Kids Clay Shoot

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This weekend in Fort Worth Texas you have the opportunity to change the trajectory of a child’s life by attending the CASA of Tarrant County Pull for Kids Clay Shoot presented by XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Join CASA and Honorary Chair Mayor Betsy Price at this special inaugural event on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth, Texas.

Take aim to end child abuse and keep children safe! Tarrant County has the 2nd highest number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Texas. You can be a part of the solution! By supporting this event, you will give a voice to children in foster care. Ensure home is a safe place for every child!

Event features include:

– Two sessionsScreen Shot 2017-05-16 at 10.23.45 AM to choose from
– Two courses
– Complimentary golf carts
– Complimentary hats and shell bags
– Free parking
– Complimentary lunch
– Gun raffle
– Awards for both sessions

Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.

You do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets will also be for sale at the Clay Shoot. Winners will be announced after the afternoon shooting session and will also be notified by phone.

SPECIAL GUN RAFFLE AT CLAY SHOOT ONLY

Register today at www.casaclayshoot.org

When: May 19, 2017

Schedule:

Morning Session: 8am Registration, First Pull at 9am
Lunch, Raffle & Morning Awards: 12:00-1:30pm
Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm Registration, First Pull 2pm, Afternoon Awards to follow

Where: Alpine Shooting Range, 5482 Shelby Road  Fort Worth, TX 76140

Get Directions:  + Google Map

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Source: TTHA

Lone Star Bowhunters 43rd Awards Banquet & Expo

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Lone Star Bowhunters  Association 43rd Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday June 24, 2017.

The event will be held at the REC of  Grapevine at 1175 Municipal Way  Grapevine, TX 76051.

43rd Annual Awards Banquet, Expo, Pop-Up 3-D Shoot and Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker – Dale Moses, retired Texas Game Warden and avid bow hunter

Hall of Fame Inductees – Bryan and Debbie Keeling

TBBR Awards, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle Items Pop-Up 3D Shoot, Wine Tasting Tour for the Ladies, Scoring & Antler Art Seminars, plus meal catered by Babe’s Chicken Dinner House Guest  Hall of 

Banquet & Events

Dinner will be catered by Babe’s Chicken Dinner House

Time:  6 – 10 pm  

Menu: Fried Chicken, Smoked Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak, salad, vegetables, rolls, tea and desert.

Events

 *Texas Bowhunting & Bowfishing Records Awards                                        

*Live Auction

*Silent Auction

*Raffle Items

Other Events:  

*Scoring Seminar – 11:00am-12:00pm – Bobby Kana

*Antler Art Seminar – 12:30pm-1:00pm – Jason Chancellor

*Blood Trailing Seminar 9:00 – completed (by Brian Johnson and Kyle Durham) $25 per dog, must have current shot records in hand

 Wine Tasting Tour for the Ladies – from 11:30am-3:30pm   Additional cost of $89

Free Passes to  Indoor family aquatic center with slides, lazy river, lap lanes and play structures

Banquet Ticket Prices  

Adults $25

Couples $45

Seniors (60 & over)  – $20

Youth (12 to 17)        –  $20

Youth (11 & under)   – Free

Active Duty Military – Free

Veterans                      – Free

At the Door                –  $30  

Vendor Booths Are Available

Hotel Information

Rooms are blocked at the Hilton Garden Inn and Super 8.

Hilton Garden Inn: (No Pets): $119 (+ tax) per night for Single | $139 (+ tax) per night for Double

Super 8: (Pet Friendly w/$10 per night per pet surcharge) $89 (+ tax) per night for two queen beds or one king bed

Campground Information – Vinyards Campground

-Cabin rentals from $93 – $175 per night (depending on cabin selected)

– RV spaces from $49 – $69 per night

Several other hotels/motels in the area as well.

Location & Directions

The REC of Grapevine

 1175 Municipal Way
Grapevine, TX 76051

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Get your Tickets

Purchase advance tickets online at:  www.LoneStarBowhunter.com

Vendor booths available – Contact Kurt Hardin at 817-682-3809  

Find out more 

Hog Poison Maker Withdraws Texas Registration Following Public Opposition

forest-1818690_640Recently we shared some information on the debate being held regarding the potential negative repercussions associated with use of warfarin in Feral Hog Bait.

Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., maker of the controversial Kaput Feral Hog Bait, has withdrawn its registration for the bait in Texas. ABC7 Amarillo reports the company said it was under the threat of lawsuits.

The company added it cannot risk the disruption that comes with any legal battle. The bait contains warfarin, a blood thinner that’s used in pesticide. Bait opponents believe the bait would do more harm than good with widespread use. State officials have put the bait’s use on hold.

While no one is debating whether or not feral hogs wreak havoc in Texas – in fact they do at least an average of $50 million dollars’ worth each year – how to best control the damage, is. The method of controlling and reducing the damage has frequently caused debate among landowners, the TWPD and feral hog poison manufacturing companies.

In February, the Texas Department of Agriculture introduced Kaput Feral Hog Bait, a Warfarin-based pesticide, but that tactic is no longer available.

Hog Poison on Hold

The poison was set to be released May 1, however, pressure from folks opposing the bait has placed it on hold.

“Toxicants have been considered for a long time for feral hogs,” Gilliland said. “The problem is you have to have something that is safe and selective and that’s not going to cause environmental issues, otherwise.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved this pesticide but opposition from folks still concerned about its safety as well as impact on the hunting and meat industry prompted the company, Scimetrics Ltd Corp, to withdraw its registration of the bait in Texas.

The company said it was under the threat of lawsuits and can’t risk the disruption that comes with competing with those with larger resources to sustain the legal battle.

Scimetrics Ltd Press Release: Texas Withdrawal by kwwilbanks on Scribd

Opponents of the poison tactic say it’s too risky. Supporters say while it would help, it’s not the final solution to getting rid of the creatures. 

 

“It would have been good as far as I’m concerned,” Wheatly said. “It’s not going to get rid of all the pigs. It’s not a miracle cure but it would have helped in places.”

 

Gilliland said due to the reproductive rate of feral hogs, to get to an appreciative level of control, 75 percent of the population would have to be killed every six months. So, their own infectious diseases they travel with may be the only answer.

 

“Nature may step in at some point, once the population gets so dense that it takes care of itself,” Gilliland said. “That would be catastrophic in the sense that it probably wouldn’t just be limited to feral hogs.” 

Scimetrics could re-register in Texas in the future, but the Texas House of Representatives has also passed a bill requiring further study on the effects of this poison.

Source: TTHAABC7 Amarillo,  Kase Wilbanks, KVII

CASA Pull for Kids Clay Shoot in Fort Worth, TX – May 19

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Change the trajectory of a child’s life by attending the CASA of Tarrant County Pull for Kids Clay Shoot presented by XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Join us and Honorary Chair Mayor Betsy Price at this special inaugural event on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth, Texas.

Take aim to end child abuse and keep children safe! Tarrant County has the 2nd highest number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Texas. You can be a part of the solution! By supporting this event, you will give a voice to children in foster care. Ensure home is a safe place for every child!

Event features include:
– Two sessions to choose from
– Two courses
– Complimentary golf carts
– Complimentary hats and shell bags
– Free parking
– Complimentary lunch
– Gun raffle
– Awards for both sessions

Register today at www.casaclayshoot.org

When: May 19, 2017

Schedule: Morning Session: 8am Registration, First Pull at 9am
Lunch, Raffle & Morning Awards: 12:00-1:30pm
Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm Registration, First Pull 2pm, Afternoon Awards to follow

Where: Alpine Shooting Range, 5482 Shelby Road  Fort Worth, TX 76140

Get Directions:  + Google Map

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Source: TTHA

2nd Annual Wishes for Warriors Sporting Clay Shoot in Teague, TX

2nd Annual Wishes for Warriors Sporting Clay Shoot

Mark your calendar and get ready to “pull” for the 2nd Annual WFW Sporting Clay Shoot!!  The event is exactly one month away and special Early Bird Registration ends tonight March 30th. Hurry over to WFW and get registered for the early bird special!

WFW Sporting Clay Shoot

If you love to shoot come clay, come shoot with some HEROES and help raise funds to help continue the mission in changing our combat heroes’ lives! Register today to get in on the fun which includes friendly competition, great food and incredible prizes! The event will also include a Live Auction, Raffles, BBQ, and Live Entertainment.

The 2nd Annual WFW Sporting Clay Shoot will be held this year at Caney Creek Shooting Sports in Teague, TX.  The event kicks off on April 29th, 2017 with the 1st flight starting at 9:00am and the 2nd flight beginning at 1:00 pm.

Lunch will be served from 12PM – 1PM for all registered shooters (Must have food ticket present).

The course can be walked on foot. However, golf carts or ATV’s are welcome and recommended. The crew over at Wishes4Warriors are still currently working on the details for Golf Cart rentals to those interested.

The Details

When: Saturday, April 29th, 2017 @ 9:00 AM (1st flight) and 1:00 PM (2nd flight)

Where: Caney Creek Shooting Sports, Teague, TX 75860

Get Directions: Google+ Map

Early Bird Registration Ends March 30, 2017

Early bird registration ends March 30, 2017 so hurry and secure your spot. Please note that official event t-shirts cannot be guaranteed for those registrants signing up after the March 30th Early Bird registration.

Register for the Wishes for Warriors Sporting Clay Shoot Here

Event Sponsorship

For more information on Event Sponsorship contact Ross Mathison via email here .

Check out the following video from last years event: 2016 Wishes For Warriors Deer-A-Palooza in Fairfield, TX:

 


Source: TTHA and WFW

Image: Screenshot from the WFW website

The Feral Hog Conundrum in Texas

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An announcement in the March issue of Lone Star Outdoor News shared new details erupting around the ongoing “Hog Conundrum” in Texas.

The article sites an announcement from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller who announced a warfarin-based product had been approved for use on feral hogs in Texas, under state licensing.

According to the Lone Star News, not everyone jumped for joy at the news and the Texas Hog Hunters Association has gathered over 15,000 signatures opposing the idea.

From their petition page (here) the Texas HHA had this to say:

“For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs.We also believe this can open a whole new level of liability from the state and private landowners who utilize this product.”

“We have built an enourmous network of Hunters, Conservationists and Trappers who have shown dramatic numbers of catches and population control.”

“We certainly don’t want to be out hunting hogs and kill and consume a poisoned animal. Texas Hog Hunters Association and its partnering companies have ideas, techniques and experience in bringing the numbers down, help us be heard! Help our members be heard! If you’re not a member yet and you want your voice to be heard, sign up at Texashha.com.”

Other methods for controlling feral hogs include hog traps and feral hog hunts. Hog trapping is probably the most effective feral hog control technique available to most land managers.

Many Texans are split on their opinions about how to handle the feral hog problem. However, one thing everyone agrees on is the damage done by these hogs has wreaked havoc all across Texas for far too long.


Sources: Lone Star Outdoor News and Change.org 

Image: By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (feral pigsUploaded by Dolovis) [CC BY 2.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Spring Turkey Season Opens Sat, March 18th in South Zone

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Turkey season opens tomorrow in South Texas for the Rio Grande – South Zone counties.

The Youth-only season started last weekend for the Rio Grande – South Zone areas. For the majority of Texas, turkey season opens up on April 1st, but dates vary depending so always be sure and check the dates below for your specific counties open seasons. 

The opening of Texas Turkey Season means Spring is just around the corner. We will officially say goodbye to winter on Tuesday, March 22.

Spring Turkey Season 2017

North zone: Apr. 1 – May 14, 2017
South zone: Mar. 18 – Apr. 30, 2017
One-turkey counties: April 1 – April 30, 2017
Spring Youth-Only
North zone: Mar. 25 – 26, 2017 & May 20 – 21, 2017
South zone: Mar. 11 – 12, 2017 & May 6 – 7, 2017

Eastern Turkey Season

East Texas: Apr. 15 – May 14, 2017

Check your for your county here.

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Hunting Prospects Promising for Spring Turkey Season

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AUSTIN – With a significant carryover of mature gobblers and an influx of young birds to match wits against, hunter patience as much as skill may be put to the test during this year’s spring turkey season.

Wild Turkey Numbers Up

According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Rio Grande wild turkey numbers have boomed over the past few years thanks to timely rainfall and relatively cool summer conditions that have set the stage for optimum reproduction and recruitment. As a result, turkeys are making a comeback in many areas where they had been lost due to extended periods of drought and that’s good news for turkey hunters hoping to bag a bird this spring.

More turkeys may not guarantee immediate success. Biologists predict the early spring green-up and abundance of juvenile hens could have a profound impact on breeding behavior or at least on a gobbler’s willingness to come to the call this season.

“Field observations indicate flocks have already begun to break up and toms have been strutting for weeks,” said Jason Hardin, TPWD Upland Game Bird Program specialist. “That means many hens could become interested in breeding near opening day of the season, effectively hampering a hunter’s chances of luring love-struck gobblers. If you do go early in the season some of the best hunting could be mid-day after hens split off from males.

“However, by mid-season most of the hens should be bred and incubating eggs leaving a large number of mature gobblers looking for love,” he noted. “Also, if conditions remain mild and if we get a few more timely rain events, Texas can expect another good year of nesting and populations growth.”

Spring Turkey Season Dates

The spring season for Rio Grande turkey gets under way March 11-12 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone, followed by a general season that runs March 18-April 30 and then culminates with a youth-only weekend May 6-7.

In the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 25-26 and May 20-21. The North Zone general season opens April 1 and runs through May 14. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Milam, and Wharton counties.Hunters who were on birds last year can expect more of the same in East Texas this spring. “They should be there again this spring,” said Hardin. “We do not expect to see a significant population shift from the 2016 season.”

Eastern spring turkey hunting in the counties having an open season is April 15-May 14.

Hunters are required to report harvest of eastern turkeys electronically to TPWD within 24 hours of harvest. Reports can be made through the TPWD My Texas Hunt Harvest App or online from the TPWD turkey page. The app is available for free download from Google Play or the App Store. Hunters will be issued a confirmation number upon completion of the reporting process. Hunters still have to tag harvested birds.

The new harvest reporting app can also be used as a tool for voluntarily reporting and tracking harvests of other resident game species, including Rio Grande turkey. With My Texas Hunt Harvest, hunters can log harvested game animals and view harvest history, including dates and locations of every hunt.

 

 


Source: TPWD

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