By Lynn Burkhead
Don’t look now, but local high school football teams are getting ready to start their annual two-a-day football camps early next week, a sure sign that fall is just around the corner.
Another sign of autumn’s impending arrival is the annual parade of Texas Trophy Hunters Association’s Hunters Extravaganza shows scattered all across the Lone Star State, this year for the 42nd time and counting.
If you’ve looked at the TTHA website (www.ttha.com) or you have read the latest issue of The Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, you’ll see that first up this month is the Houston-area event, being held this weekend down at the NRG Center from Aug. 3-5.
Later on this month, look for the 2018 version of the Hunters Extravaganza show to arrive in the TTHA headquarter town of San Antonio for an Aug. 17-19 run at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall.
And sandwiched in between those two events will be the local Forth Worth version of the show, slated for next weekend, Aug. 10-12, for a run at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
This year’s local North Texas event will see ticket prices of $15 for a full weekend pass, $10 per day (adults), and $5 per day (kids 13-17). There is also free parking and a shuttle service being offered.
Show times for the Fort Worth Hunters Extravaganza event are 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11; and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.
In addition to the hundreds of booths filled with various hunting guides offering outfitted hunts and trips for everything under the Lone Star State’s sun from dove to ducks to deer to Rio Grande turkeys, there will also be all kinds of hunting gear available and numerous exhibits to see — a Gator Country show, anyone?
As is the case most years, there will also be some top shelf hunting seminars presented, including one from Cole Tanner as he discusses deer hunting with ozone scent elimination technology. That should prove to be particularly useful for anyone considering an ozone product purchase from Ozonics, Scent Crusher, or the new models from Scent-Lok.
Expect to also see North American Whitetail magazine columnist and NAW TV show co-star Dr. James C. Kroll, the well known wildlife management professor emeritus down at Stephen F. Austin State University. Known to many as Dr. Deer, the Nacogdoches resident will be discussing dry climate food plots in Texas along with key facts about the whitetail rut that many Lone Star State deer hunters may not know.
In addition to Dr. Kroll’s seminar appearances, Outdoor Channel stars Michael Waddell and Travis “T-Bone” Turner will also be on hand in Fort Worth to meet and greet fans of their Bone Collector TV show.
While there will certainly be the usual big crowd attending this year’s show, if you like dove hunting, waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting, hog hunting, or deer hunting, then the simple truth is that the August run of Hunter Extravaganza shows across Texas is a literal can’t miss event.
With all kinds of outfitter trip possibilities, hunting stands and blinds, feeders, camouflage clothing, and more gear than you’ll find anywhere outside of a hunting season catalog, there are few things better for jumpstarting you and your hunting buddies towards a successful fall of hunting action yet to come.
As the TTHA leaders like to say, this hunting show is the granddaddy of them all, one as big and bold as Texas is. Head for Fort Worth next weekend and see if you don’t agree.