The San Antonio chapter is putting on our 4th annual Shooting for Scholarships at the National Shooting Complex on Saturday, March 4. We anticipate another great event. We are also looking forward to our 1st TDHA Youth Day that will be held later this summer. Our regional youth director, Jeff McMillan will oversee this event. Youth Day will be open to the public and kids will be able to shoot BB and pellet guns, shotguns, and rifles in a safe and secure environment. There will be some mini DOVE 101 sessions where they will learn to identify dove, and learn field safety and etiquette and more great activities. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s TDHA Youth Day, call our office at 210-764-1189 and we will put you in touch with Jeff.
We hope everyone has a great New Year and we want to welcome everyone in the Houston area to join TDHA and help us make this the best chapter in Texas. For those of you who joined us for our first ever Bag Limit Banquet on February 23 at Noah’s Event Center in Sugar Land, we certainly want to thank you as well as all of our sponsors who made it such a great success. We had help and support from a host of volunteers and the banquet garnered proceeds from an incredible list of prizes and auction items. As Tim Garcia mentioned at the banquet to all, “It all begins and ends with member participation.” Our next big event will be our “Pulling for Kids” Clay Shoot scheduled for Saturday October 7th so please save the date and make it a point to come out and support this great organization. We also will be manning a booth at the Hunter’s Extravaganza in Houston on August 4-6 and it is a great venue to visit and catch all the latest news on what’s going on with TDHA. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!
As a new chapter, we are working to come up with funds to reach our chapter goals. Later this year, we plan to host a skeet shooting competition to raise money for the chapter to be involved with the local 4H chapters as well as offering a scholarship to the county’s youth. We also plan to host Dove 101 classes as well as offering hunter’s education classes.
We will be hosting a washer/horseshoe tournament in May to help with our funding for the big fundraiser as well as funding our Dove 101 classes. The tournament is sure to be a day of great fun with a dance and concession stand as well. There will be prizes 1st and 2nd place teams. We are looking forward to great things in our Atascosa County chapter. If you are interested in joining this chapter, email Travis Briseno at email@example.com.
The Texas State TDHA chapter is off to a great start. Our goal is to be outstanding ambassadors to the hunting and non-hunting world. We work closely with Texas Parks and Wildlife to help maintain and grow dove populations and dove habitat in Central Texas. We are not just a club for hunters, we also welcome non-hunters with open arms who want make a difference in the community. Over the past year, we have been involved in a skeet shoot where we had a team of four of own members, shoot against other schools while many of the other members helped with the pulling. We also built traps that were used to catch birds for the banded bird program. As a chapter, we have held bi-weekly meetings, been involved in multiple community service options around the city of San Marcos. Our proudest/largest one was Bobcat Build. Our members have been promoting TDHA at Texas State in the quad and been seeing growth in our organization with lots of new members. We plan to host a snake avoidance training this spring as a service to bird dog owners all around the area as well a Dove 101 class in San Marcos. For more information about TDHA at Texas State and how to get involved, go to our Facebook page Texas Dove Hunters Association at Texas State.
The Texas A&M TDHA Chapter is continuing to grow each year in our membership numbers and our passion for the organization at all levels. We are really looking forward to everything that our chapter will accomplish in 2017. Our banquet this past year was a huge success thanks to all of our donors, table sponsors, and attendees. We are already preparing to have another successful banquet this year. Special thanks to all our members who volunteered and invested their time in TDHA to help us be so successful. Reflecting on 2016, our veterans hunt was an amazing opportunity to give back to the men and women who serve our country by giving them the opportunity to do the things they love and we are looking forward to our next veterans hunt in the fall of 2017.
We have many exciting activities planned for TAMU TDHA this year. We have high hopes that banquet will be a big success with a couple of surprises in the works. There will be plenty of fun, prizes, food, entertainment, and live/silent auction items so come out and support us on October 27th, 2017 at the Hildebrand Equine Complex. We will be participating as an organization in the Big Event coming up on March 25th this year in order to give back to the community that does so much for our chapter. Our officer team is continuously generating new ideas and offering endless ways to involve our members in the growth and development of the Texas A&M TDHA chapter.