TPWD News Release — Oct. 29, 2007
“I’m absolutely flabbergasted,” exclaimed Bridgers. “That’s the only way I can describe how excited I am about winning this contest.”
Bridgers was selected in a random computer drawing from among 20,355 Texas Grand Slam entries and will participate in a series of four separate guided hunts for all four big game animals in Texas — white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and desert bighorn sheep.
Bridgers paid $10 to apply for the drawing and said he has been entering the Big Time Texas Hunts annually. The bighorn sheep hunt alone is priceless, something only a handful of people ever get a chance to experience. “I’m a member of the Dallas Safari Club and I know we auctioned off a bighorn permit last year for about $100,000,” he said. “Anybody who hunts sheep knows how hard it is to get one of these permits.”
For his four hunts, Bridgers just needs to bring hunting gear and a valid hunting license. Guide service, food, lodging, and on-site transportation for himself and a non-hunting companion are all provided.
Here are this year’s winners and hometowns for all seven Big Time Texas Hunts categories:
All told, hunters bought 79,815 Big Time Texas Hunt entries during this year’s sales period from Aug. 15 through the Oct. 15 deadline. This generated $798,150 in gross revenue to support wildlife research, habitat management and public hunting.