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2013 - 2014 Official Rules

  1. The 2013 - 2014 Big Time Texas Hunts will include the following guided hunt packages:
    1. Texas Grand Slam (1 winner of four separate hunts for big game, with non-hunting companion)
    2. Texas Exotic Safari (two winners of a hunt for exotics, with each winner permitted to bring one hunting guest)
    3. Texas Whitetail Bonanza (7 winners of a hunt for buck white-tailed deer, with each winner permitted to bring one hunting guest)
    4. Texas Waterfowl Adventure (1 winner of three separate hunts for waterfowl, with up to three hunting guests on each hunt)
    5. Texas Big Time Bird Hunt (1 winner of three separate hunts for game birds, with three hunting guests on the dove and one hunting guest on each of the spring turkey hunts)
    6. Texas Premium Buck Hunt (1 winner of a hunt for buck white-tailed deer, with one hunting guest)
    7. Texas Gator Hunt (1 winner of a hunt for an alligator, with one hunting guest)
    8. Texas Wild Hog Adventure (1 winner of a hunt for feral hog, with up to three hunting guests)
  2. Current employees of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Verizon Business and Gordon Darby are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for or win the Big Time Texas Hunts.
  3. Must be 17 years of age or older to purchase entries. Hunt participants must be at least 8 years of age or older.
  4. Entries are $10 if purchased by mail, phone or at a hunting license retailer, or $9 if purchased online (requires a per transaction administrative fee of $5). Applicants may purchase as many entries and enter as often as they wish.
  5. Entries may be purchased by any of the following methods:
    1. Online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buy/
    2. By visiting any of approximately 1,700 retail establishments which sell Texas hunting and fishing licenses.
    3. By calling toll-free 1-800-TX LIC 4 U (1-800-895-4248). You can pay with Discover, Mastercard or Visa.
    4. Print out the order form media download(PDF 105 KB). Mail check or money order (do not send cash). Include the "type" number of the hunt package(s).
  6. Entries may be purchased for others but will require the person's name, address and social security number.
  7. It is not necessary to possess a Texas hunting license in order to purchase an entry for the Big Time Texas Hunts; however, a winner will be required to have a valid license to hunt in Texas at the time of the hunt. Winners must abide by all applicable Texas hunting laws and regulations.
  8. Deadline for entering is midnight the evening of October 15, 2013. Any entries purchased or received after the deadline will automatically apply towards the next annual drawing.
  9. Winners will be notified within two weeks following the entry deadline. A winner has five (5) business days after notification to accept/claim the hunt package, otherwise it will be offered to the next alternate selected in the drawing.
  10. The 7 winners of the Texas Whitetail Bonanza will be contacted after being drawn and will have their choice of available hunt packages.
  11. With the Executive Director's approval of a written request, a winner may reassign, but may not sell, the hunt package or a portion thereof to an immediate family member or to a youth 8-16 years of age. Otherwise, the hunts are nontransferable.
  12. Hunt dates will be as arranged between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the hunt provider. The hunts will be conducted as follows:
    1. Texas Grand Slam – mule deer and white-tailed deer hunts will be during the fall and winter of 2013-2014; desert bighorn sheep hunt will be during the fall and winter of 2013 - 2014 or as determined by availability of the next harvestable sheep; pronghorn hunt will be during the fall of 2014.
    2. Texas Exotic Safari – tentatively scheduled to take place during January or February of 2014.
    3. Texas Whitetail Bonanza – each of the hunts will take place during the fall and winter of 2013-2014.
    4. Texas Waterfowl Adventure – each of the waterfowl hunts will take place during the fall and winter of 2013-2014.
    5. Texas Big Time Bird Hunt – the turkey hunts will be during the spring of 2014; the dove hunt will be during the fall of 2014.
    6. Texas Premium Buck Hunt – the hunt will take place during the fall and winter of 2013-2014.
    7. Texas Gator Hunt – the hunts will take place during September 2014.
  13. Professional guide service, food, lodging, and on-site transportation during the hunts will be provided for all winners and their authorized companions or guests (as specified in item 14).
  14. Companion and guest privileges for winners of the hunt packages are restricted to the following:
    1. Texas Grand Slam – winner may bring one non-hunting companion to accompany them on each of the four hunts. The extent to which the companion is allowed to accompany the winner in the field may be restricted at times, as determined by the guide, in order to execute a successful hunt.
    2. Texas Exotic Safari – winners may each bring one hunting guest to accompany them during the hunt. The hunting guests will each be allowed to harvest one management exotic.
    3. Texas Whitetail Bonanza – each winner may bring one hunting guest who may fully participate in hunting activities.
    4. Texas Waterfowl Adventure – winner may bring up to three hunting guests on each of the three hunts who may fully participate in hunting activities.
    5. Texas Big Time Bird Hunt – winner may bring up to three hunting guests on the dove hunts, and one hunting guest on each of the turkey hunts. The hunting guests may fully participate in hunting activities.
    6. Texas Premium Buck Hunt – winner may bring one hunting guest who may fully participate in hunting activities.
    7. Texas Gator Hunt – winner may bring one hunting guest who may fully participate in hunting activities.
    8. Texas Wild Hog Adventure – winner may bring up to three hunting guests who may fully participate in hunting activities.
  15. Taxidermy service will be provided only for the winner of the Texas Grand Slam (four shoulder mounts) and the two winners of the Texas Exotic Safari (two shoulder mounts each).
  16. Winners and their companions/hunting guests will be responsible for the proper care and transport of edible portions of harvested game from the hunt area back to their place of residence.
  17. Winners and their companions/hunting guests are responsible for notifying the Director of Public Hunts at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at least one week in advance of the start of a scheduled hunt of any known medical condition or disability for which special provisions will be needed.
  18. Void where prohibited by law.
  19. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reserves the right to use photographs of the hunt, including those of the hunters, in departmental publications and video presentations.
  20. As part of the Big Time Texas Hunt prize, all applicable taxes associated with your winnings are included as part of the prize package and will be paid on your behalf by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In accordance with the Internal Revenue Service, Big Time Texas Hunt winners will be required to file appropriate income tax forms as part of their personal tax return. Instructions and information necessary to complete income tax filings will be provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department upon acceptance of any prize package.

*The discounted $9 per entry price is available only for online purchases. Entries purchased at license retailers, by phone and by mail are $10 each. A $5 administrative fee is charged for each online transaction.


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