The Houston chapter of the TDHA had our first meeting for the Houston Area membership on Wednesday, December 16th at Midway Barbeque in Katy. We had a great turnout with 17 people in attendance. Topics discussed were the annual events: banquet and sporting clay shoot. Our sporting clay fundraiser, “3rd Annual Pullin’ for Kids” will be held on Saturday, April 23 at American Shooting Centers in Houston. Anyone interested in getting involved-sponsoring, donating, shooting and/or volunteering is encouraged to call Tim at 281-498-0588. Plans are in the making for a fall banquet as well. The next meeting will be announced and will be held in the greater Houston area.

Corbin Perez and Michael Walker were the first to express an interest in starting a chapter at Texas State University. Following our initial meeting, they brought together a core group of students who expressed an interest in working together to establish a Texas Dove Hunters Association chapter on campus. Corbin Perez of Victoria was appointed as the first President. He along with 12 other students have met to complete the application and constitution to become a recognized student organization. Once they are recognized by the university, we anticipate lots more interested students wanting to get involved. Because of their location, the chapter at Texas State will have the unique opportunity of working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to build traps and band birds for research. This is a very enthusiastic group of students/hunters and we look forward to many great things coming from our Bobcat chapter including a fall banquet. If you know of anyone who is interested in being a part of this chapter or supporting them in any way, contact our corporate office at 210-764-1189 and we will put you in touch with one of the officers. We are happy to have Dr. Chad Booth, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Science and Engineering as our advisor.

This past year was a great learning experience and we are even more excited with 2016. We now have over 100 members and our numbers are continuously rising. Our banquet this past October was a huge success thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone who came out that night as well as all of our members who volunteered. Texas A&M Dove Hunters has many big things planned for this year to give our members lots of opportunities to get involved. We will be hosting a profit share, a few socials, and participate in Texas A&M’s Big Event. We will be volunteering at the 2016 Shooting for Scholarships in San Antonio, Pullin’ for Kids in Houston along with returning to the Wing Ding Festival in Marquez. We welcome our new advisor, Mr. Rick Harwell, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. Our 2nd annual banquet is already in the works. It is going to be on October 15th at the Texas A&M Equine Center in College Station. There will be a live auction, silent auction, bucket drawings and games. A delicious dinner will be prepared by Texas Country Catering. We are currently looking for item and table sponsors. If anyone is interested in supporting us for this event, any other event, joining the Texas A&M Dove Hunters chapter, or purchasing merchandise feel free to contact us at aggiedovehunters@gmail.com.