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TPWD News Release — Jan. 26, 2004

Texas Big Game Awards Honor Lifetime License Winner

SAN ANTONIO — For more than 12 years, the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA), a partnership of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), have recognized the contributions that landowners, land managers and responsible hunters make to managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat on Texas’ private lands.

Although the TBGA program offers no prizes for entries other than recognition, this year the TBGA has again continued the “Early Entry Special” program which will allow hunters who mail in their completed entry form early and include a photo for promotional purposes with the TBGA and statewide media, to be automatically entered in monthly drawings for some great prizes.

The Grand Prize Early Entry Winner is Scott Feild of Kempner. He harvested a non-typical white-tailed deer, in Kenedy County. He will receive a Lifetime Texas Hunting License from the Texas Big Game Awards. Smith’s Abrasives and Hunter’s Specialties, both TBGA Texas Regional Sponsors, sponsored this lifetime license drawing for the second consecutive year.

There is still time to enter and receive early entry prize recognition. All entries in before Jan. 31 will be eligible for a one-year membership from the Texas Gun Dealers/Owners Association. Entries must include a quality field photo of the hunter and their trophy and entry forms must be complete.

For more information about the Texas Big Game Awards, entry information, or for a local certified TBGA scorer, please visit the Web (http://www.TexasBigGameAwards.com/ or http://www.tbga.org/) or call (800) 839-9453, Ext. 114, for more information. The final deadline to enter the Texas Big Game Awards for the 2003-04 season is Feb 15.

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