Big Game Awards Honor Texas Hunting Heritage

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The rewards of hunting may be self-apparent, but the recognition of the role it plays in Texas often goes unnoticed.

To preserve Texas' hunting heritage and recognize the importance of proper habitat management by landowners, the Texas Wildlife Association joined with the Texas Parks and Wildlife to develop the Texas Big Game Awards, the official state program to promote hunting in Texas.

The program was created to generate awareness among landowners, land managers, hunters and the public about the role hunting plays in habitat conservation, land management and the state economy.

TBGA is designed to promote big game hunting and encourage sound habitat management in Texas. The program recognizes the quality of big game animals in Texas, the hunters who harvest these animals, the land managers who enhance the habitat, the importance of our hunting heritage and the achievements of young and new hunters.

Scored entries are recognized in eight regions of Texas. Scored categories include typical and non-typical white-tailed deer, typical and non-typical mule deer, and pronghorn antelope. All scoring is based on the Boone & Crockett Club scoring system. Entries must be scored by an official TBGA scorer and are subject to re-scoring. Rankings are based on net green Boone & Crockett scores.

Any hunter, regardless of age, who harvests his or her first big game animal in Texas is eligible for recognition in the First Big Game Harvest category. This is a non-scored category, and any big game animal is eligible regardless of score or whether it is a buck or doe.

Any hunter under 17 years of age who harvests a white-tailed deer, mule deer or pronghorn antelope is eligible in the Youth Division. Any big game animal is eligible regardless of score or whether it is a buck or doe.

Deadline to enter is Feb. 15, 2002. Entry forms for scored entries are available only from TBGA-certified scorers. Entry forms for the First Big Game Harvest and Youth Division are available from certified scorers, TPW and the Texas Wildlife Association.

Annual recognition ceremonies will be held in each region from April through September. Statewide recognition will be at a special ceremony during the Texas Wildlife Association's annual convention in San Antonio on June 29, 2002. Certificates will be awarded to all program participants.

For more information on TBGA, call David Brimager with the Texas Wildlife Association at (800) 839-9453, or TPW at (800) 792-1112 or (512) 389-4505. Information is also available on the Internet (