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Hunting Mule Deer with Big Time Texas Hunts

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Steve Knowles with his mule deer.

Steve Knowles with his mule deer.

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For years Steve Knowles of Georgetown, Texas entered Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Big Time Texas Hunts Drawing, without…ever…winning.

I always considered it basically a donation for all the good work that TPWD does. And that’s why I’ll continue to enter, despite not having a lot of success, for as long as I can get out and have the opportunity to hunt.

Then he received a call last October saying he’d won the Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt.

If I could not win the Grand Slam, then the Ultimate Mule Deer hunt was the one that I did want to win, because I had never really been mule deer hunting. I was pleasantly surprised.

In December, Knowles brought down a 19-point Mule Deer with a 37-inch outside spread on the Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area; biologist Brandon Childress was his guide.

He had spotted the deer for the first time the day before. And he said, ‘Okay, we’re going to see if we can go find this deer again.’ And then as soon as we drove in early in the morning, we were able to get a glass on him. And it took us a good two hours to get to the point where we were close enough to the deer that I could actually take a shot. We were our hands and knees sometimes crawling in the sand, Ducking behind sand dunes. That’s what makes the whole hunt fun. And that’s what I’ll remember about the hunt.

Big Time Texas Hunts offers nine premier guided hunt packages on private ranches and wildlife management areas in Texas. Online entries are $9. And$10 by phone and at license retail locations. Deadline to enter is October 15. Find all details on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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Big Time Texas Hunts

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Big Time Texas Hunts.

Big Time Texas Hunts.

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Know what 9 bucks could get you? A chance to win a Big Time Texas Hunts package.

These are premier guided hunts for a lot of the wildlife species across the state. Everything from mule deer to alligators to wild hogs…and, of course, really nice whitetail deer also.

Justin Dreibelbis, director of private lands and public hunting, says hunters may put in for as many of these hunt packages as they wish.

They’re all premier guided hunts. It’s all inclusive: you have lodging, food, and guides that understand the area, terrain and animals you’ll be hunting. And a really exciting package that we have is the Texas Grand Slam; it’s four separate hunts for mule deer, pronghorn antelope, whitetail deer, and desert big horn sheep, which not many people get to hunt.

All hunt packages take place on premier ranches and WMAs, and some allow winners to bring hunting companions who are at least 8 years of age.

Actually, their companions get to hunt as well. However, on the Grand Slam Hunt, they have a non-hunting guest that can accompany them.

Entries are $9 online and $10 over the phone and at license retailers. Submit entries by October 15. Find complete details on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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Hunt BIG with Big Time Texas Hunts

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Out on a Big Time Texas Hunt

Out on a Big Time Texas Hunt


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As 95% of Texas is in private hands, it’s not uncommon to spend big bucks for leases to hunt big bucks. Not everyone can. Yet, most of us can spare nine dollars for a chance to win a Big Time Texas Hunts package.

13-These are premier guided hunts for a lot of the wildlife species across the state. Everything from mule deer to alligators to wild hogs–and, of course, really nice whitetail deer also.

Justin Dreibelbis, director of private lands and public hunting at Texas Parks and Wildlife, says hunters can enter for as many hunt packages as they wish online for nine dollars each or at license retailers for ten.

24-They’re all premier guided hunts. It’s all inclusive: you have lodging, food, and guides that understand the area, terrain and animals you’ll be hunting. And a couple of really exciting packages that we have. One is the Texas Grand Slam; it’s four separate hunts for mule deer, pronghorn antelope, whitetail deer, and desert big horn sheep, which not many people get to hunt.

Some packages allow winners to bring hunting companions who are at least 8 years of age.

08-Actually, their companions get to hunt as well. However, on the Grand Slam Hunt, they have a non-hunting guest that can accompany them.

Entries are nine dollars online and ten dollars at license retailers. Submit entries by October 15. Find complete details on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Big Time Texas Hunts 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Big Time Texas Hunts Grand Slam

Big Time Texas Hunts Grand Slam


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For nineteen years and counting, hunters from Texas and beyond have supported conservation projects in the state by submitting entries to Big Time Texas Hunts.

05—Big Time Texas Hunts is a pretty special program because it is essentially a conservation fundraiser.

Hunters, 17 years and older, submit entries for a chance to win one of nine premier guided hunt packages. Justin Dreibelbis, director of private lands and public hunting, says the deadline for submissions is October 15.

09—I can assure people out there that this money is going directly back into wildlife conservation on our wildlife management areas and for public hunting and research across the state.

After program expenses, about $400-thousand dollars goes back into wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas. He says there’s a new hunt this year that will stir some excitement.

19—Our Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt. This hunt will be taking place at the newly acquired Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area in Yoakum County. And the lucky winner will actually be hunting during the rut, which is a special hunting opportunity up there in the panhandle, too, for some really, really nice mule deer bucks. So, this is the first time we’ve had the mule deer hunt available.

Entries are nine dollars online and ten dollars at license retailers. Hunters may submit multiple entries to win any of the Big Time Texas Hunt premier guided hunting packages. Find details on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.