From Staff Reports


AUSTIN — Break out your hunting “bucket list” and enter the Big Time

Texas Hunts for a chance to check something off. The Texas Parks and

Wildlife Department is reminding Texas hunters the deadline to enter

this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15. Winners will be called

before the end of October to give them time to make their hunting trip


The Big Time Texas Hunts offer hunters a chance to experience the

best hunting packages in the Lone Star State with an opportunity to win

one or more top guided hunts with food and lodging provided, as well as

taxidermy in some cases.

Big Time Texas Hunts generates hundreds of thousands of dollars each

year, with proceeds dedicated to providing more public hunting

opportunity and to funding wildlife conservation and research programs

in Texas.

The crown jewel of the program is the Texas Grand Slam hunt package,

which includes four separate hunts for Texas’ most prized big game

animals — the desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer and

pronghorn antelope. There are several quality whitetail hunt packages

available, as well as opportunities to pursue alligator, exotic big

game, waterfowl and upland game birds.

Entries for the Big Time Texas Hunts are $9 if purchased online and

$10 if purchased at a license retailer or over the phone at

800-895-4248. Online purchases will include a $5 convenience charge per

transaction, meaning hunters can buy as many entries as they wish online

for one low fee. There is no limit to the number of entries an

individual may purchase. Purchasers must be 17 years of age or older.

For more information on Big Time Texas Hunts and to enter online, please visit