How it All Began...
In 1975, Jerry Johnston had a dream.
A dream to bring together the most serious and passionate deer hunters everywhere, to learn from each other, share hunting stories and skills, improve our wildlife and habitat, and work together to protect and promote our hunting heritage for future generations.
With that dream, and with the encouragement of family and friends, Jerry founded the Texas Trophy Hunters Association. It started in the humblest of beginnings (the original headquarters was a mobile home office in San Antonio) and through Jerry's persistence and passion, and with the enthusiastic help of a growing member base, the idea began to catch fire. Today, Jerry's dream has become a reality. In fact, the popularity and influence of the Texas Trophy Hunters Association has grown beyond Jerry's wildest dreams. Sitting in his mobile home office more than a quarter century ago, working to pioneer an organization the likes of which had never been seen before, how could he have imagined today's TTHA?
Who We Are…
Texas Trophy Hunters Association is a membership-based organization. For over 40 years, TTHA has promoted the sport, science and heritage of hunting.
Texas Trophy Hunters (TTHA) is the “Voice of Texas Hunting” and will continue to promote, protect and preserve Texas’ wildlife resources and hunting heritage for our future generations.
- Support the development of the quality and quantity of trophy willife populations throughout North America and the world.
- Support the improvements of wildlife and its habitat through responsible management and legislation.
- Serve the hunting community through the sharing of experience, knowledge and technology.
- Promote the education of youth in securing the future of the hunting tradition.
- Extend the goodwill of members through community outreach.
- Membership Support
- Television Production
- Trade Show Promotion
Consider the Accomplishments:
- A membership base numbering tens of thousands, comprised of the most passionate and dedicated hunters from all around the world, ranging from plain folks to celebrities.
- Working directly or with other organizations to serve and share the joy of hunting with military, youth, handicapped and disadvantaged persons from all over the country.
- A series of the annual gatherings, the world-famous Hunters Extravaganzas which draw thousands of attendees and exhibitors each and every year.
- An Association publication, The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, distributed by mail and on newsstands across the USA.
- TTHA skull-logo membership stickers on the back window of countless thousands of trucks all over Texas. (Heck, you can’t drive anywhere in the state without seeing one!)
- A nationally-syndicated TV show that is considered one of the best hunting shows on television.
- Legislative focus to advance the agenda of conservation-minded hunters and landowners in the state Capitol.
- Second and even third generation members who consider TTHA critical to the preservation of our hunting legacy.
- A well earned reputation for being the most prestigious and respected deer hunting organization in the world. Hunters everywhere, when they see your TTHA hat or sticker, know you’re the real thing.
…Texas Trophy Hunters Association has… Revived the very sport of hunting…
It’s hard to find anybodyin the hunting industry today who doesn’t agree that the Texas Trophy Hunters Association has, over the years, been nearly single-handedly responsible for restoring the quality of the deer herd in Texas, for securing and advancing the rights of hunters in Texas, and for helping revive the very sport of hunting itself.
Try to find another “deer hunting association” that can honestly claim a track record like that! So, whether you’re a member yet on not, if you hunt deer in Texas, you’ve already received quite a few benefits from the Texas Trophy Hunters Association. Now, imagine how you and the sport of deer hunting would benefit if more hunters joined our Association!
If you are already a member, THANK YOU! You can honestly say that you personally, through your support of our organization, have had a direct, positive impact on the quality of deer hunting in Texas. If you’re not a member, isn’t it about time you joined us? You owe it to yourself, to the sport, and to future generations of hunters. You’ll be glad you did!
Jerry and Don and “El Jefe”
By Horace Gore
Back in early 1999, Jerry Johnston and I were talking about a Jornal cover for a fall issue. Jerry inquired about how long it had been since Don Keller’s art had been on the cover. I checked it out and told Jerry that it had been quite a while. “Call Don and see if he wants to paint a good south Texas buck for a Journal cover.” I called Don and he agreed to paint a cover buck for the September-October issue.
Two or three weeks passed and one morning Don walked into the TTHA office with a painting under his arm. “Here’s that cover art that Jerry wanted,” said Don as he laid the painting on my desk. It was a lovely piece of art – a big south Texas buck standing behind some cactus, with a stormy cloud overhead. His antlers against the dark sky were magnificent. “Let’s show it to Jerry,” I suggested, and we took the artwork to Jerry’s office.
Anyone who knows Jerry Johnston knows that he is a perfectionist. He knows what he wants, and won’t settle for anything else. Don shook Jerry’s hand and handed him the artwork. Jerry looked it over, and said,” I hope you don’t expect me to put this on the cover of the magazine,” and handed it back to Keller. “What’s wrong with it,” I asked, as I looked at the beautiful painting. “No drop tines. It is a good painting, but the buck has no drop tines. I don’t want a buck on the Journal cover with no drop tines,” was Jerry’s answer. “Don, take it back and bring me some drop tines.”
Don and I got out of Jerry’s office, pronto! I said, “Don, you heard him – can that old buck grow some drop tines?” Don smiled and replied, “I think I can find the buck some drop tines.”
A week or two passed, and Don showed up at the office with his South Texas buck. I looked at the painting – and sure enough – Don had provided the old buck with a long drop tine on each side. We walked into Jerry’s office, smiling like monkeys eating green persimmons, and Don turned the painting so Jerry could get a good look. “Now, that’s more like it,” Jerry said as he carefully looked at all aspects of the painting – the clouds; the cactus; the antlers with drop tines, and the general layout. “I like it. Let’s put it on the September-October cover. We’ll call him “El Jefe.”
As Paul Harvey would say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
TTHA is proud member of WA, SEOPA, POMA