Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced
Thirty-six winners have been drawn for premium hunt packages in this year's Big Time Texas Hunts (BTTH). As of the Nov. 4 deadline, Texas Parks and Wildlife received some 82,486 entries for a total of $824,860 in sales.
Proceeds from BTTH are earmarked to provide additional public hunting opportunities and wildlife conservation activities in Texas. This year two new hunts were added, along with many winners being allowed to being hunting companions. Hunters selected in the following categories were:
- Texas Grand Slam -- From 19,380 entries, Doyle Powers of Euless will enjoy four separate hunts for the Texas big game species: desert bighorn ram, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope and desert mule deer. The hunting package includes food, lodging, taxidermy and professional guide service. Hunts have been purchased from some of the most prestigious private ranches and a TPW wildlife management area will host the bighorn ram hunt. Powers may also bring along a non-hunting companion to share in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
- Texas Exotic Safari -- From 8,714 entries in the drawing, Ronald Kelton of Grand Prairie and Anthony Rogers of Moody will hunt African exotic game on the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. These hunts are for two exotic species, from a list that includes waterbuck, gemsbok, scimitar-horned oryx, greater kudu, sable and impala. The hunters may choose to shoot modern rifle, muzzleloader, archery or crossbow. Each winner may bring along a guest to hunt a management exotic. Food and lodging will be provided at the scenic Mason Mountain WMA Lodge. Proceeds go to benefit wildlife conservation and research on Mason Mountain WMA. Each winner will be provided taxidermy for two shoulder mounts.
- Texas Whitetail Bonanza --Twenty winners were selected from 19,990 entries. Each winner will get to take one hunting guest on a high-quality, white-tailed deer hunt where both may take a buck. Guide service, food and lodging are provided on these 3-5 day trips during hunting season. Selected were: Mark Alloy of Rosharon, Edwin Bekkelund of Clifton, Linda C. Collins of Alvin, Mark Gomez of New Braunfels, David Hardin of Magnolia, Rodney Hartfield of Texarkana, Lance Johnson of Magnolia, Henry Kattner of Kingsland, Greg Kazak of Austin, Bradley Kitten of San Angelo, Larry Maxwell of Keller, Paul McCown of Corpus Christi, Michael Naples of Keller, Charles Oliver of Luling, Todd Prewett of Alvin, John Sehon of Houston, James Smith of Dallas, Brian Sodolak of Bryan, Bret Stark of The Woodlands, and James Vann of Woodville.
- Texas Big Time Bird Hunt -- From 7,905 entries in the drawing, Bryan O'Connell of Denton and up to three hunting guests will gear up for two days of quail hunting, two days of pheasant hunting in the Panhandle, and two afternoons of dove hunting. One hunting guest can go along for a two-day guided spring turkey hunt. Food, guide service and lodging are included on all bird hunts, and pointing dogs are provided for quail and pheasant hunts.
- Texas Waterfowl Adventure -- From 4,534 entries in the drawing, Hirsel Maxwell of Fort Worth, will take three hunting guests on four separate trips to some of the hottest waterfowl spots in Texas. Trips include a Coastal Prairies guided hunt for snows, blues and white-fronted geese; a guided duck hunt in the Coastal Marshes; an East Texas hunt for wood ducks and mallards and a Panhandle hunt for Canada and snow geese.
And new this season:
- Texas Heritage Hunt -- Out of 5,720, 10 winners were drawn for hunts in which each selected hunter may bring along a youth between the ages of 8-16. Both hunters may take a white-tailed buck. Selected were: Charles Bethel of Spicewood, Pamela Bulls of Temple, Brantley Douglas of Terrell, Rene Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, Brad Hardin of New Braunfels, Bobby Langford of Carthage, Dewey McDowell of Montgomery, Kevin Parker of Arlington, John Poston of Gatesville and Earnest Stroupe of Arp.
- Premium Buck Hunt -- Out of 16,333 entries, John Boland of Houston was selected and will take a hunting guest on the best deer hunt Texas has to offer. Professional guide service, food and first-class accommodations are included. Each of the hunters may harvest one trophy buck.
In its sixth year, BTTH has grown in popularity and generated substantial funding for the state's public hunting and wildlife conservation efforts.
"This year's additions were to encourage more people to enter the drawings and generate additional funding," said Vickie Fite, public hunting coordinator. "Hunters want a top-notch experience. These are guided hunts on quality areas where you're treated like royalty," she said.
Much of the credit for the program's success can be attributed to the agency's ability to generate entries through an intensive marketing campaign. TPW relied on a direct mail system and sent mailings to 405,000 people this year - including 20,000 out-of-state hunters, according to Thomas Monahan of TPW marketing.
The mailing was sent to the groups of people who've responded most frequently in the past. That includes those who've registered before, those holding a Super Combo license, non-resident license holders and lifetime license holders.
Program officials are in the process of planning next year's BTTH offerings. For the latest information on BTTH and other public hunting opportunities, call TPW at (800) 792-1112 or check the TPW Web site (