Inaugural Hoffpauir Expo Coming Soon April 8

2017-Hoffpauir-ExpoTexas Trophy Hunters Association along with TONS of the biggest names in the outdoors industry will be at the upcoming Hoffpauir Outdoor Expo! Make sure you mark your calendars for April 8 and come on out!

Join your fellow Texans for a day of fun, food, prizes, skeet shoot and archery tournament at the Hoffpauir Expo in Lampasas, TX!

The event features the latest trucks, tractors, mowers, watercraft, and sports utility vehicles from Ford, Chevy, Can-Am, Polaris, Sea-Do, New Holland, Bad Boy, and Cub Cadet.

Talk wildlife and hunting with industry experts, celebrities and new friends.

Check out the latest gear: apparel, firearms, knives, ammo, bows, targets, coolers, feed, archery, and several lines of feeders and blinds!

Meet representatives from Dallas Safari Club, Texas Deer Association, Texas Wildlife Association, Exotic Wildlife Association, Deer Breeder Corp, DU, CCA, Mule Deer Federation, Texas Dove Hunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Saltwater Enhancement Association.

Enjoy a scrumptious spread prepared by Toupsie’s Cajun and Creole Restaurant.

The Details 

Date: April 8

Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where:  10290 W. FM 580  Lampasas, TX

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Phone: 512-748-2810

What Happens when White-Tailed Deer Disperse from Males


New research looks at dispersal, the permanent movement of juvenile white-tailed deer away from where they were born.

The study finds that fewer female white-tailed deer disperse than males, but when they do, they typically travel more than twice as far, taking much more convoluted paths and covering larger areas.

The findings could be significant, especially in states where chronic wasting disease infects wild, free-ranging deer, wildlife experts say.

“Dispersal of female deer is density dependent, meaning that higher deer densities lead to greater dispersal rates,” says Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology at Penn State. “Therefore, reducing deer density will reduce female dispersal rates—and likely will reduce disease spread.

Deer turn up their noses at some invasive species
“Containing the spread of chronic wasting disease is going to be difficult when female deer disperse. Although not as many females disperse in Pennsylvania—8 to 24 percent of females versus 50 to 75 percent of males—there end up being more of them, because they live longer than males and they disperse an average of 11 miles compared to 5 miles for males.”

Chronic wasting disease
Commonly referred to as CWD, chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system of deer and elk and is always fatal. Wildlife managers are scrambling to find a way to slow or stop the spread of the disease, which has been discovered in free-ranging and captive populations of deer and elk in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces.

Dispersal is an important behavior because it affects the rate at which genetic traits are transferred through the population, can influence population growth, and can spread disease, Diefenbach says.

Wildlife biologists believe that dispersal, from an evolutionary perspective, can benefit individuals by reducing inbreeding and competition for mates and local resources. Juvenile white-tailed deer usually are “motivated” to disperse by social cues, such as aggressive behavior directed toward them by older, socially dominant does or maternal abandonment.
Documenting and understanding deer-dispersal behavior and identifying factors that influence that behavior are important to understand the basic ecology of the species and to provide critical information for its conservation and management.

277 Radio Collars
For the study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, researchers fitted 277 juvenile female deer in Pennsylvania with radio collars.

  • Dispersal occurs at one year of age, coinciding with the fawning season.
  • Dispersal paths generally are nonlinear.
  • Dispersal takes on average two days but can take weeks.
  • Roads, rivers, and human development cause females to change direction and sometimes inhibit dispersal.
  • About 50 percent of yearling females travel several miles from where they are born, even if they don’t ultimately disperse.

One particular GPS-collared doe stood out, says lead researcher Clayton Lutz.

“On May 25, she left her natal home range for good, and she kept going for 55 days and 10 hours. She traveled 160 miles, crossed Interstate 80 twice, and crossed three major rivers four times. Despite all of this effort, she did not end up that far from home—only about 20 miles.”

This deer is a great example of how complex dispersal behavior can be and how it makes controlling disease spread so difficult, Lutz says. When it comes to females, biologists can’t predict the direction they will travel. Also, while roads and rivers stop some deer from dispersing farther, they don’t stop all of them.

Beyond disease control, knowledge of female dispersal also is important for localized management of deer population densities, says Christopher Rosenberry, chief of the Game Commission’s deer and elk section. Managers increasingly are looking for methods to control deer densities in areas closed to hunting, such as parks and areas of suburban development.

“For any population-control method to be effective, it must consider the effect of immigration from dispersing females on the target population.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the US Geological Survey supported this work.

Source: Penn State, Posted by Jeff Mulhollem for Penn StateOriginal StudyCC by 4.0 International 


7th Annual Bucks and BBQ

The Bucks and BBQ kicks off March 4, 2017  9:00 am4:00 pm.

Texas Trophy Hunters Association™ (TTHA) is proud to announce the seventh annual “TTHA’s Bucks and BBQ” BBQ Cook-Off to take place March 3-4th, 2017, at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

BBQ teams from all over the great state of Texas and beyond will compete for cash and prizes at this Texas State BBQ Cook-Off event sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA).  Learn more here on the TTHA website


Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 12.01.02 AMNational Shooting Complex

5931 Roft Rd
San Antonio, TX 78253

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The National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) and the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) are the official governing and sanctioning bodies for their sports. The NSSA was founded in 1928 and is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by its members. It is the world’s largest skeet shooting organization and annually hosts the World Skeet Championships.

NSCA was founded in 1989 as a division of NSSA, and it is now the world’s largest sporting clays organization. It annually hosts members from all 50 states and many foreign countries at the National Sporting Clays Championship.



Source: TTHA

H.R. 621 Abandoned, Millions of Acres of Public Lands, Waters Saved


The legislation, H.R. 621, had it been successful, would have seized millions of acres of public lands and waters. As a result of pressure from numerous hunters, anglers, sportsmen groups and businesses, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz announced he would abandon H.R. 621.

H.R. 621 legislation would have mandated the sale of more than 3 million acres of public lands in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming. When the Utah Rep. made his decision to abandon the bill, he took to Instagram with an announcement.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz stated:

“I am withdrawing HR 621. I’m a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands. The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message. The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow.” 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney responded to the congressman’s decision:

“Representative Chaffetz should never have introduced this ill-conceived bill, but the instant and overwhelming response by sportsmen and women forced him to listen and ultimately abandon H.R. 621, which would have seized millions of acres of public lands. His fellow lawmakers should take note of the ire and rapid response by hunters and anglers. We aren’t going away.

“Unfortunately there are those who will continue to perpetrate bad deals like this one. American hunters and anglers will be there every step of the way.

“Mr. Chaffetz took the first step. Now he needs to kill H.R. 622, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, which would eliminate hundreds of critical law enforcement jobs with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

“Our law enforcement officers are on the front lines of conservation and already do more with less. Let’s give them the resources they need to do their jobs.

“The millions of sportsmen who stepped up in recent days deserve our unreserved thanks. The battle is won, but the war is far from over.”

—Courtesy Backcountry Hunters & Anglers


Source: TTHA

First Case of CWD Detected in Free-Ranging Texas Whitetail

6628822485_629b064368_zFirst Case of CWD Detected in Free-Ranging Texas Whitetail. State taking steps and following plan to deploy early detection and containment strategy

Chronic wasting disease has been detected in a hunter harvested 1 1/2 –year-old white-tailed buck submitted for sampling within Surveillance Zone 3 in Medina County. This marks the first confirmed case of CWD in a free-ranging Texas whitetail.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) are taking steps to deploy an early detection and containment strategy designed to limit the spread of CWD from the affected area and better understand the distribution and prevalence of the disease.

“Although the disease has been discovered in a free ranging whitetail in this area, we cannot draw any conclusions at this time based on one detection,” said Dr. Bob Dittmar, TPWD’s Wildlife Veterinarian. “The proactive measures we are taking as part of our epidemiological investigation into this case are in line with the state’s strategies to prevent this disease from spreading any further. The more effective we are at containing this disease within a limited geographic area, the better it will be for our wildlife resources and all those who enjoy them.”

Effective immediately under an executive order issued by TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith, Surveillance Zone 3 (SZ3), which extends across portions of Bandera, Medina and Uvalde counties, is now a CWD Containment Zone and all associated rules for that designation are in effect. Those rules include restrictions on the movements of carcass parts as well as live deer possessed under the authority of a permit. The department is also implementing mandatory CWD testing of hunter harvested deer within this containment zone.

“This emergency action allows us to contain the threat of this disease spreading any further while we collect more information and gather more data,” said T. Dan Friedkin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Chairman. “Not only are these temporary emergency measures necessary and consistent with the state’s planned strategies for CWD management, they are essential for ensuring the protection of the state’s whitetail deer herd and the integrity of our hunting heritage.

“It is my intent for the Commission to address this issue through our regular rulemaking process, which provides opportunities for public comment and input from stakeholders, and that process will begin soon,” Friedkin added.

“With the confirmation of CWD in a free-ranging buck in Medina County, the TAHC is working with TPWD to determine the disease risk in the area,” said Dr. Susan Rollo, TAHC State Epidemiologist. “TAHC understands and appreciates TPWD’s immediate response and temporary measures to prevent the inadvertent spread of CWD to other parts of Texas.”

This most recent detection of CWD resulted from enhanced voluntary testing of hunter harvested deer in SZ3. TPWD’s sampling goal for SZ3 for the 2016-17 hunting season is 1,749 samples. As of today, the department has received about 720 samples from hunter harvests and roadkills within the zone and anticipates receiving about 200 additional samples from deer breeding facilities and associated release sites in SZ3.

“TPWD is very appreciative of the effort and cooperation that has been put forth by landowners, hunters and local officials in the area,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “Our ability to control this disease is directly related to the cooperation offered by the citizens of Medina, Bandera and Uvalde counties, and we pledge to continue to work with everyone to minimize the impacts of this disease as well as these challenging but necessary measures designed to control the spread of CWD.”

While the general deer hunting season is over, TPWD will continue to collect samples from MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Program) properties in the new Containment Zone as well as roadkills. The department is seeking as many additional samples for testing as it can obtain in order to get a better handle on the geographic extent and prevalence of the disease in this area.

Additional information about CWD can be found online here.



Source: TPWD
Image: WI Department of Natural Resources , CC BY-ND 2.0

TPWD Unveils Hunting Season Regulation Proposals for 2017-18

hunting blinds texas dillan manufacturingIncreased dove hunting opportunities across South Texas and expanded landowner-managed pronghorn permitting in the Panhandle highlight this year’s slate of proposed regulation changes for the 2017-18 Texas hunting seasons.

2017 – 2018 Statewide Hunting Proclamation

TPWD will be taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2017-18 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, with input to be considered prior to any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 23 public hearing:

  • Increasing dove hunting opportunity by expanding the early September 4-day Special White-winged Dove Area hunting season to the entire South Zone boundary.
  • Modify the age for the youth-waterfowl participants for 15 to 16 years of age.
  • Extend the landowner-managed pronghorn buck experimental permit system for four more years and expand the option into three new pronghorn management areas in the northern Panhandle.
  • Frameworks for the 2017-18 migratory game bird hunting seasons.

Additional details on these proposals will be published in the Texas Register and available for review in February, as well as in narrated presentations to be archived on TPWD’s website.

Submit Comments on the Proposed Rules

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by mail, phone or email. Contact Robert Macdonald  at 512-389-4775 or email him at email.  To submit comments by mail, write to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, attn. Wildlife Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.

Comments may also be submitted through the department’s Internet web site once the proposals have been published in the Texas Register.

Public hearings are being scheduled for Dalhart and Pampa (time and date TBA) to provide a forum for input on the proposed extension and expansion of the experimental pronghorn permit project. For more information about the project contact Shawn Gray, TPWD mule deer and pronghorn program leader, at 432-832-2051 or .

Live Online Public Hearing Webinar, Febuary 21

A live online public hearing via webinar will also be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Details and instructions for participation in the online public hearing webinar will be made available on the TPWD website.

Source: TPWD

Extended Hunting Seasons Provide Opportunities for Youth


Silhouette_of_father_and_son_hunting_in_the_sunsetRecent news from Austin, TX announced a special extended Hunting Season. Youth Only, Muzzleloader and Special Late Seasons Open Today Through Jan. 15

The general white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey season closed in most parts of the state on New Year’s Day, but that doesn’t mean hunters with unused tags are out of luck. Special youth-only and late season opportunities start today and run through Jan. 15.

The two-week youth-only late season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer or a fall hunting season for Rio Grande turkey. All legal hunting means and methods are allowed, except in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties, where hunting is only allowed with archery equipment and crossbows. Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer during a youth-only season and hunter education requirements still apply. Be sure to check the county-specific harvest restrictions in the Outdoor Annual.

Youth-Only Open Season

Youth-only open season provides young hunters with opportunities to learn about wildlife conservation through an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience allowing parents and mentors to introduce them to safe and responsible hunting.

During the special late white-tailed deer season in 106 counties in the North Zone and 30 in the South Zone, harvest is restricted to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer only. The late season provides additional opportunity for landowners and managers to attain deer harvest goals on their property.

Muzzleoader-Only Season

The special muzzleloader-only season provides an opportunity for hunters in 90 counties to pursue white-tailed deer with primitive firearms. A muzzleloader is any firearm that is loaded only through the muzzle. A cap and ball firearm in which the powder and ball are loaded into a cylinder is not a muzzleloader. Muzzleloader deer seasons are restricted to muzzleloading firearms only.

Hunters are reminded the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department continues to accept harvested deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling as part of the state’s ongoing monitoring program.

Information about CWD, including options for providing harvested deer for sampling, can be found online here.



Source: TPWD

Image: By Hester Eugene, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

5 Steps for the Beginning Hunter to Get Started this Season


Find out 5 steps to take to begin your hunting journey in Texas this upcoming season.

1. Take your Hunters Education Course

In Texas, if you were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, then it is mandatory that each new huntsman take their Hunters Education Course. The Courses are offered all over the state but can fill up quickly the closer it is to the start of the fall hunting seasons. Get the info on getting your Texas Hunters Education 

2. Know the Rules – Understand Texas Game Laws

It is important to understand the rules in any activity, especially when it comes to hunting and game. Pick up a copy of the Texas Hunting Regulations.

Also be sure and check for any special rules or regulations pertaining to the county where you will be hunting. You can find that information here.

3. Get a Hunting License

You will need to purchase a Texas hunting license to legally hunt in the state.  Depending on what you hunt, you may also need stamp endorsements. The best deal in Texas is the Super Combo. Texas hunting and fishing licenses are sold throughout the state or you can purchase them online here.

4. Get your Gun and Practice Up

Get your selected gun ready to shoot or if you don’t have one yet, purchase one from your favorite hunting supply store. Be sure and purchase a gun that is appropriate for the game you intend to hunt. Once you have your gun, head out to get some practice in. Here are two links with plenty of information on where you can do this at:

National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting Range Finder 

Texas State Rifle Association’s Range List

5. Find the Perfect Hunting Spot

Last on the list is finding that perfect hunting spot. Texas is home to over 1.2 million acres of designated hunting grounds. With an Annual Public Hunting Permit ( which only runs $48) you can have access to year-round hunting on approximately 1.2 million acres of land.  For further help finding a good hunting location, check out these resources:

National Wildlife Refuges, operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service offers hunts on select refuges.

Hunt Texas Online Connection is a search engine for private leases in Texas.

Texas Youth Hunting Program sponsored by TPWD and Texas Wildlife Association.

Need a Hunting Blind ?

Oh, one last thing…Need a deer blind or other hunting blind? Well, for that you can come right here. At Dillon Manufacturing we produce only the highest quality blinds for our hunters. Check out the various types of blinds here.

Happy New Year from Dillon Manufacturing


Happy New Year from all of us here at Dillon Manufacturing!

We hope this new year brings endless joy, plenty of hunting successes and a year full of prosperity for you all. Happy 2017!

Happy Holidays from Dillon Manufacturing

happy holidays 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Dillon Manufacturing to you and yours!

The Dillon Manufacturing team hopes that each and everyone of you enjoy this 2016 holiday season surrounded by your special loved ones.


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