TDHABoardTexas Dove Hunters Association (TDHA) currently has a 5 member board of directors. These 5 men are responsible for TDHA’s success and growth to date. They spread the word about TDHA, provide support for the organization and they are helping us grow to achieve our mission as a foundational wildlife association for Texas dove.

Our board is comprised of a group of people who share the vision of preserving dove habitat and the passion for dove hunting. Each of them has something unique to bring to the table. We are blessed to have such a hardworking group of ambassadors.

BOBBY THORNTON, Founder

What is your background?
I grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Southwest Texas State. I have worked in the agriculture industry and currently manage a citrus co-op and a kiwi co-op.

When did you start dove hunting?
My first dove hunt was with my dad and his buddies on their opening weekend hunt when I was nine years old.

What would you like to see accomplished through TDHA?
Our goal is to become a viable resource for research and scientific studies for dove and work in conjunction with other wildlife associations focusing on habitat improvement, not only for dove, but for all wildlife.

Are there opportunities for businesses to get involved?
Absolutely! We have corporate sponsorships available that will provide businesses with annual incentive memberships to show appreciation to their clients, customers and/or employees. We also have numerous opportunities to sponsor youth and veteran events, fundraisers and scholarships.

 

J.B. KOLODZEY, Buda, TX

What is your background?
I was a business owner in construction management for many years.

When did you first start hunting?
My first bruising came from my uncles 16 guage single shot when I was 12 years old.

What other non-profits are you involved in?
Aside from Texas Dove Hunters Association I am involved in Operation Game Thief, Ducks Unlimited, Paralyzed Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Coastal Conservation Association and Austin Woods and Water.

What is the Hill Country Veteran’s Dove Hunt?
It is a hunting event for the Paralyzed Veterans of Texas and many other wounded heroes. The TDHA members who volunteer make it a success.

 

DAVID HEFLIN, DVM, Mission, TX

What is your background?
I grew up in McAllen and attended Texas A&M University. I became a veterinarian in 1981.

When did you start dove hunting?
My daddy started taking me and my brothers on the annual white wing hunt in the Rio Grande Valley when I was ten years old. It was something I’ll never forget because of how much fun I had with my dad and brothers.

Where do you see TDHA in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see TDHA being 30,000 members strong and the logo being one that every hunter in Texas recognizes, funding amazing scholarships and research and being the spokesperson for dove hunters and dove research all over the nation.

What do you see as benefits to membership in TDHA?
It’s a great resource for hunters, a way to meet likeminded people, encouraging families to hunt together, a way to give back through the youth programs not just financially, but by volunteering your time.

TIM GARCIA, Sugar Land, TX

What is your background?
I am the President/CEO Federal Maintenance Services and located in Stafford, Texas.

What would you like to see TDHA accomplish?
My hope is that TDHA will expose the importance of our natural resources, the need to maintain our environment and teach our youth to participate and become involved.

How would you encourage others to get involved in TDHA?
Every dove hunter should join TDHA. Become a member and you can help further the association agenda by letting more people know about the sport.

What do you see as the benefits of membership in TDHA?
Being a part of a group of people who share the same beliefs that through hard work we can maintain our rich hunting traditions and environment is only one of the benefits.

ALVIN GUERRERO, Boerne, TX

What is your background?
I am retired United States Air Force. I have worked in non-profit organizations for 32 years and was a business owner for 25 years.

When did you start dove hunting?
When I was 10 years old my grandpa started taking me hunting after we worked in the fields.

Why did you get involved in TDHA?
A friend of mine invited me to a meeting and I was curious. I’m and avid wing shooter and thought it might be” right up my alley.”

Where do you see TDHA in 10 years?
Ten years from now I see TDHA expanding and having membership and chapters all across the country that work to preserve dove habitats and work with youth and veterans promoting and preserving the sport of hunting.