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TPWD News Release — Oct. 1, 2008

Time Running Out to Enter Big Time Texas Hunts

AUSTIN, Texas -The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding Texas hunters to enter this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts by the October 15th deadline. Winners will be called before the end of October to give them time to make their hunting trip preparations.

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.

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.

Last year, Tommy H. Bridgers from Duncanville was selected the Big Time Texas Hunts winner in the Texas Grand Slam category.

"They advertise this as a hunt of a lifetime and I would agree," exclaimed Bridgers upon returning from three days of hunting desert bighorn sheep in the rugged mountains of West Texas. "This was probably the most physically demanding hunt I’ve ever been on, but it was also the most rewarding. I would never have the resources to buy a desert bighorn hunt, so I got mine the lucky way!"

Entries are available online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/bigtime for $9 an entry or for $10 at retail locations where licenses are sold or by phone at (800) 895-4248.

There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may purchase, and entries may be purchased as gifts for others. Purchasers must be 17 years of age or older. The deadline to apply for this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15 to give the winners more time to prepare for their trips.

The 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.

"This is something I’ve participated in over the last five years, but I never gave it a thought that I’d win," said Bridgers. "It has really added a new aspect to my hunting and just goes to show sometimes good things happen."

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