Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced

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When an unknown number shows up on the caller ID, Weatherford Downtown Café owner Britton Schweitzer just lets it go to voicemail.

“It’s usually people trying to sell me stuff, not Texas Parks and Wildlife calling because I won an amazing hunt,” Schweitzer said.

Schweitzer and 13 other lucky sportsmen are clearing their calendars for some of the best hunting packages in the Lone Star State won through Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Big Time Texas Hunts program.

The program’s raffle offers hunting packages ranging from a guided white-tailed deer hunting experience in the South Texas brush country to the Grand Slam package which treats one Texan and a non-hunting friend to food, lodging, taxidermy and a personal guide service for four separate hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and desert mule deer. Schweitzer won the Grand Slam.

“When I get my license online I throw $100 toward the different hunts but never expect to win,” Schweitzer said. “I am an avid fisherman and hunter and I see it as basically donating $100 every year to public lands,” he said.

The small town café owner said he usually donates to local causes and was flabbergasted to have won the program’s Grand Slam. He said he moved to Weatherford a few years ago with his wife to raise a family. He hopes to bring her along on his hunts.

“I think it’s an awesome opportunity and I am excited I got picked,” he said. “ I never win anything and it was a pretty big shocker.”

Big Time Texas Hunts are offered through an annual raffle. This season saw 62,610 entries generating almost $600,000. Ticket sales support wildlife research, habitat management and public hunting in the state of Texas. Ticket purchasers must be at least 17. For more information on this hunting program, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buybtth.

Following are the winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts.

  • Grand Slam — Michael Schweitzer, Weatherford
  • Premium Buck Hunt — Joseph Yuras, Garden Ridge
  • Exotic Safari — Jimmy Webb, Tyler and Martha Vogelsang, Hearne
  • Whitetail Bonanza — Tommy Dulin, Colorado City; Ivan Berry, Pasadena; Francis Sharp, Pasadena; Michael Broderick, Conroe; Joe Mills, Gonzales; Ramona Bourgeois, Concord, CA; Humbert Trevino, Laredo; Randall Coombs, Spearman
  • Waterfowl Adventure — Alexander Hamilton, San Antonio
  • Gator Hunt — Darren Lasorte, Fairfax, VA

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Retired2hunt's picture

  A great way to generate

 

A great way to generate revenue for the state's wildlife programs and also a great hunt for the few lucky winners.  You cannot win if you don't play - just like the lottery.  And just like the lottery your odds of winning are as close to being bitten by a shark... maybe better odds but I'm not looking that up right now.

This is a great opportunity and if you don't win the money paid for the chance still goes for a great cause.  Here is the web site that explains more of the program... http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/

Really the grand slam and the gator hunt entices me.  Next year I may just throw a $100 towards this opportunity... and buy the state's lotto at the same time.  Here is more info from the web site...

"Entries are just $9* each when you purchased online, and you can buy as many entries as you like. Entries are $10 when purchased at a license retailer, by mail, or by phone at (800) 895-4248.  *Please note that a $5.00 administrative fee is required for all online transactions, regardless of how many items you purchase during one transaction."

Congrats to all of the winners!  Wait until 2012!!!

hunter25's picture

I looked these big time Texas

I looked these big time Texas hunts over a lot and really thought about buying a few tickets for myself. In the end I didn't do it as I forgot what the deadline was. The odds are really a long shot but as you can see the prize is great if your name gets pulled out of the hat. I also missed the regular application for the limited same types of hunts. Most of these are a super deal if you get drawn and the application is only around 5 bucks for each animal you apply for. ANything from deer, sheep, and  turkeys to exotics like aoudad and oryx. These are all free range on public land or in some cases like the deer very large ranches. Next year I will apply for sure as there are just too many goog hunts to be won for a very liw price.