The Big Time Texas Hunts raffle offers one of two public sheep permits available each year. The program raffles several hunt opportunities, but the sheep permit is included in the Grand Slam Package, which includes guided hunts for desert bighorn, desert mule deer, pronghorn and whitetail deer. Like all permit raffles, the odds are long, but for a dedicated sheep hunter, the potential payoff is worth the small gamble. One winner will get four separate hunts over the next year with guiding, meals and accommodations provided.
Other big game packages offered in the program include a Premium Buck Hunt, an Exotic Safari, a Gator Hunt, a Whitetail Bonanza and what the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is calling a "Hog Adventure." The Premium Buck hunt will offer one winner a guided whitetail hunt on private land in South Texas for a trophy-quality deer. The Exotic Safari will allow the winner and one hunting companion the chance to hunt exotic game on the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area, where species include gemsbok, scimitar-horned oryx, sable and axis deer. The Gator Hunt is a three-day hunt on the J.D. Murphree WMA for one winner and his/her guest for trophy alligators, including an airboat tour of the WMA. The Whitetail Bonanza actually awards six winners and their companions high-quality deer hunts on private properties or WMAs across the state. The Hog Adventure will allow one winner and three guests to hunt hogs on a private property along the Trinity River for a weekend. The program also offers packages to hunt birds (dove, quail and turkey) and waterfowl with multiple hunts in each package.
Chances may be purchased online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us (click "Big Time Texas Hunts" under the hunting tab), by telephone at 800-895-4248 (8am to 5pm........(continued)