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The Houndsman - Delvin Terry

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Delvin Terry, or as some know him The Houndsman, is no stranger to the outdoors. It is something that is in his blood. His father, Delvin, Sr. was a professional coonhunter, and taught Delvin II everything he knows, starting at the age of 5. In fact, the two still hunt together today. Mr. Terry grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and still resides there today with his wife of six years and fellow entrepreneur, Kourtney, with their three children. Kourtney has her own company, Taste-T Love, that offers natural and organic baby food. 

As a child and young adult, Delvin grew up hearing people say he shouldn’t be hunting or fishing, that is wasn’t for him just because he is African American. That is what fueled his fire to share the outdoors with the youth of today, showing them that it’s something they CAN do. 

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Starting his hunting experience at a young age, he knows how important it is to have an option to get kids out of the city and trying new experiences. Since taking people from his church and community out fishing and hunting has always been natural for him, last year he decided to found his company, The Houndsmen Of America. His nickname became the inspiration behind the company’s identity, but he wanted it to include everyone who identified with his passion. 

Starting his hunting experience at a young age, he knows how important it is to have an option to get kids out of the city and trying new experiences. Since taking people from his church and community out fishing and hunting has always been natural for him, last year he decided to found his company, The Houndsmen Of America. His nickname became the inspiration behind the company’s identity, but he wanted it to include everyone who identified with his passion. 

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The mission behind THOA is to give back to the community, and get African Americans, young and old alike, out of the city and into nature. As well as teaching young men and women to respect themselves, each other and the outdoors. He has introduced the outdoors to people as young as 3, and as old as 60. Outside of THOA, Delvin also works with adults with disabilities, helping to incorporate them into the community, obtain jobs, etc, and enjoys taking them out to experience the outdoors as well. 

Snagging his first rabbit at 6 years old, it makes him proud that his kids are also into the outdoors, enjoying camping and fishing as well. It is important to Delvin to pass down the hunting and fishing traditions that he learned from his father and grandfather, who grew up having to hunt to be able to feed their families. Since we have food so readily available these days, traditions aren’t always upheld. It is part of the mission of The Houndsmen of America to keep these traditions alive. 

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When it comes to his dogs, Mr. Terry knows just what he is looking for. While he has German Shepherds for personal protection, he has different ideas when it comes to hunting dogs. Growing up, his father always had German Shorthairs, but after seeing English Pointers in action, he fell in love. The long tail, style of point, good nose, short hair, white color and ability to work well in the woods were all it took. Now, English Pointers are all he uses on his hunts. When looking for the perfect dog, he considers whether it has a hunting background, the height, speed, nose, strength, and whether it has high intensity and drive. It is also important that his dogs are good around the house, and behave well around his kids. 

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Asking Delvin what his favorite animal is to hunt, it was tough to narrow it down. He loves deer hunting and can’t wait to get out and try duck hunting. Living in Dayton, there aren’t a lot of large cats nearby, other than bobcat, but he does hope to get out sometime ro run cats. But his favorite would probably be a toss up between rabbit and pheasant. This was also the evolution of the apparel for THOA. There will always be apparel out there for deer hunters, but when it comes to rabbit or coonhunting, it’s not easily accessible. He wanted people to have apparel, specific to their interest, and not just the typical camouflage. If you’re a Houndsman, you deserve gear that shows it. 

In support of his mission, Mr. Terry was recently featured on Durrell Smith’s podcast, The Gun Dog Notebook, available on Soundcloud and iTunes. Durrell is an advocate for African American hunters and bird dogs, and was naturally drawn to Delvin and his story. After talking, they found a common interest in art, and became fast friends. I asked Delvin if he had any interest in his own podcast, but he said his focus is more on YouTube and educating through videos, but you never know what the future holds. 

Before ending my chat with Delvin Terry, I asked him what are his words to live by, or his motto. And the answer was simple: “Sticking with Tradition.”