You may recall that the program allows hunters to apply for deer, turkey or pronghorn hunts as well as rare opportunities to apply for desert bighorn sheep, scimitar-horned oryx or other exotics and even alligator tags.
Starting in 2014, all hunt information will be available only through the Department's web site (www.tpwd.texas.gov/drawnhunts) and applications will only be accepted online. Successful applicants will be notified via email rather than by mail and you will need to print or electronically store your notice of success to register for the hunt. Another interesting feature is that applicants will be able to apply for more than one hunt within a specific category (for example, you could apply for an exotic hunt in multiple areas through multiple applications). This change may not increase your chances of drawing, since all other applicants may also apply in multiple categories, but it will increase the interest in certain categories, such as alligator, where several opportunities exist.
The new system will be available in early July with different deadlines, depending on species and hunt category (hint: alligator is the earliest deadline and you commonly have only two to three weeks to get that application in once the system is available). TPWD staff will be available to assist hunters through the application process. Questions can be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoned to 512-389-4505.