As the No. 1 resource for premium whitetail sales in Texas, the Texas Deer Association (TDA) is pleased to announce its first event of 2013 raised nearly $1 million and was a huge success for its members, the industry and the economy.

Several hundred whitetail enthusiasts, deer breeders, ranchers, exhibitors and sportsmen gathered this weekend at Retama Park in Selma, Texas, for the TDA’s first Superior Genetic Whitetail Deer Auction of 2013, and the results indicate growing strength for an industry dedicated to conserving wildlife through commerce. The two-day event, which included a Wildlife Workshop sponsored by Purina, generated more than $960,000, an increase of 15 percent over last year’s event.

“TDA auction events always feature some of the state’s best whitetail and mule deer, and we are very pleased with the enthusiasm and participation at this weekend’s event,” says Marta Dennis, director of operations for the Texas Deer Association. “Everyone had a great time, and the strength of the auction is a good indicator that 2013 will be yet another strong year for the deer industry.”

The TDA hosts several premium deer auctions during the year as well as numerous deer management and other educational workshops. The next TDA event will be the Spring Gala Banquet & Auction held at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World in Grapevine, Texas, on March 1, 2013 and March 2, 2013. The two-day event will feature a large sportsmen’s banquet with live and silent auctions for hunts, rifles, antler art and more. There will also be games for the entire family, dinner, kids’ events and exhibits.

The TDA is the only non-profit organization solely committed to improving the quality of Texas deer herds through better habitat practices, modern harvest strategies and use of superior deer to enhance the deer herds. As a part of its public education efforts, the TDA produces a full-color bimonthly publication, Tracks Magazine, which updates TDA members on current industry news, deer genetics and game management issues. The TDA also hosts an annual convention and trade show every August featuring fund-raising auctions, a deer auction, golf tournament and other events.

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