Exclusive Hunts, Trips, and More Highlight TWA’s 33rd Annual Convention
San Antonio, Texas – The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) celebrates 33 years of promoting effective habitat conservation and responsible hunting through private land stewardship at its annual convention, WildLife 2018 on July 12-15, in San Antonio.
The annual convention, touted as one of the “family-friendliest parties in Texas,” is hosted at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Wildlife enthusiasts from across Texas will come together for three days of fun, education, and top-notch networking. Each year more than 1,500 people attend this premier event. Registration information is available at www.texas-wildlife.org
WildLife 2018 highlights include:
- The Grand and Silent Auctions - On Saturday night, TWA hosts two outstanding auctions. The Grand Auction features hunting opportunities donated by TWA members. These private ranch hunts, for the most part, are unavailable through any other venue. The Silent Auction features all kinds of great and unique items ranging from feeders, blinds, firearms, clothing, jewelry, optics, and so much more. The Silent Auction also features an Outdoor Adventures component that includes hunts, fishing trips, and vacation packages! Some items, thus far, in the Grand Auction include:
- Sonoma Wine and Dine VIP Insiders Tour.
- Costa Rica Getaway.
- Six Day Trip for Eight People to Belize.
- Waggoner Ranch Waterfowl Hunt.
- Three-Day Cordoba Argentina Dove Hunt.
- New Zealand Red Stag Hunt with South Pacific Safaris.
- King Ranch Quail and Nilgai Hunt.
- East Texas Eastern Turkey Hunt.
- Ft. Davis Mountains Elk Hunt.
- Trips to Ski Lake Tahoe and Spanish Bay for Golf.
- Custom Hunting Truck Outfitted by South Texas Outfitters.
- Exclusive Whitetail Hunts.
- Most Grand Auction hunts and trips are one-of-a-kind and not available elsewhere, so even if you can’t make it, call in a proxy bid, or fill out a proxy form available on-line on TWA’s website.
- 5th Annual Private Lands Summit – The theme of this year's event is, “The Wall: Protecting Our Country or Dividing Our Interests.” The event will feature a broad panel of speakers who will provide diverse perspectives on issues relating to border security and a possible physical wall along the Texas-Mexico border. Topics covered will include the criticality of border security, private property rights concerns, inadvertent wildlife impacts, and cross-border wildlife conservation efforts with Mexico. The goal is to provide attendees with a thought-provoking discussion on this important matter to help all make well-informed opinions for themselves.
- TWA Foundation Luncheon – Held on Friday July 13, the TWA Foundation Luncheon features special awards along with an informative keynote address. This year’s Keynote Speakers are Ben Masters and Jay Kleberg. Ben and Jay will take you behind the scenes of their upcoming movie, The River and the Wall. The movie features a team of diverse adventurers who embarked on an epic 1,200-mile journey along the United States/Mexico border, down the Rio Grande to experience the vast landscapes before further construction of a border wall. During the horse, mountain bike, and canoe-powered journey, they encountered personal stories from both sides of the border, examined differing immigration viewpoints, and explored the impacts to wildlife, public lands, private landowners, and all who call the borderlands home.
- TWA Trade Show - More than 100 exhibitors will show and sell their wares throughout the two-day event. Here, one can find the latest in wildlife management tools, ranch equipment, handcrafted knives, jewelry, accessories and eye-catching fashion. There definitely will be something for everyone.
- Statewide Texas Big Game Awards Sportsman’s Celebration - Some of the most spectacular specimens of white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep taken during the 2017-2018 hunting season will be on display at the Statewide Texas Big Game Awards Sportsman’s Celebration scheduled for the evening of Friday, July 13 presented by Nyle Maxwell’s Family of Dealerships. The program recognizes both the hunter who took the outstanding animal and the land managers whose efforts produced the habitat necessary to sustain the animal. TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith will help present TBGA awards.
- TWA Range Riders Program - The “TWA Range Riders” program provides a full range of activities for the kids throughout the entire weekend, including arts contests, wildlife make and take activities, and lots of outdoor fun both indoors, and outdoors. Sponsored by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, the goal of the program is to show these young Texans a great time, as well as teach them the importance of habitat conservation, the beauty and majesty of Texas wildlife, and encourage their participation as stewards of the natural resources of this great state.
- TWA Family Reunion Dinner – The TWA Family Reunion Dinner is a great opening to our convention for all attendees. Held on Friday night of the convention, the dinner precedes the Statewide Texas Big Game Awards Sportsman’s Celebration, with wonderful and unique foods, drinks, and desserts. This event allows for multi-generational families to visit and gather, as well as allows for our members to visit with their long-time friends.
- TWA Family Breakfast - The TWA Family Breakfast, sponsored by C.H. Guenther and Son, Inc., is a great way to begin Saturday for all convention attendees. The breakfast precedes the WildLife 2018 education seminars, with wonderful breakfast food, pancake station, coffee, juice, and more. This event allows all convention attendees to get a high-energy start to the busiest day of the convention.
- TWA Educational Seminars – This year’s educational seminars will feature some of the brightest minds in wildlife and natural resource conservation across Texas. Showcased in the exhibitors ballroom on Saturday morning, July 14th, topics will include: WILLDIFE MANAGEMENT – role of predator management, behavioral snaring techniques for feral hogs, culling bucks for genetic improvement; LANDOWNER/AGENCY OPPORTUNITIES – managing wildlife on small acreage, how the USFWS can help you, cost share and technical guidance for private landowners; EDUCATION/OUTREACH – hunting and outdoor ethics in a social media world, growing community based conservation education school programs, drone use on private lands; HABITAT MANAGEMENT – native seed restoration for habitat, benefits of using native plants for game and non-game, south Texas soil health building principals. WILD GAME COOKING – join the JW Marriott culinary team for as they showcase how to make wild hog gourmet.
- Lee Hoffpauir’s Outdoor Raffle – Looking to win one of over thirty prizes? Then look no further than TWA Life Member Lee Hoffpauir and his Hoffpauir Outdoor Raffle. Winners will be selected on the hour, every hour for some unique outdoor and hunting gear.
- Other Unique Events – There are many other exciting activities associated with the TWA Convention. Some of those include:
- TWA Entertainment by the Seth James Band and Washer Tournament July 13th.
- TWA Ladies Reception, July 13th, featuring the Kendra Scott Trunk Show.
- TWA-PAC Reception and TWA Life Members Reception, July 14th.
For more information on WildLife 2018, registration information, sponsorship information, updated schedule of events, and regularly updated list of the Silent and Grand Auction items, please visit the TWA website at: www.texas-wildlife.org or call David Brimager at (800) 839-9453.
WildLife 2018 is proudly sponsored by: Gold Sponsor: Capital Farm Credit. Silver Sponsors: Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships, C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc., H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Triangle Reproductions of San Antonio, Dynamic Systems, Hoffpauir Polaris, Bushlan Camo, and South Texas Outfitters. Bronze Sponsors: Silver Eagle Distributors, Native American Seed, Crockett National Bank, No Fences Land Company, PumpCo, Inc., Texas Capital Bank, Hall and Hall, Yeti Coolers, M&D Distributors, Dullnig Ranches, and Republic Ranches.
Texas Wildlife Association is a non-profit organization serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources. TWA’s nearly 9,000 members own or manage approximately 40 million acres of rangeland and wildlife habitat in Texas.