AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced the 14 lucky winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts selected at random from entries in the drawing.
All told, hunters bought 94,705 Big Time Texas Hunt entries. More than $871,644 in gross sales was generated, and proceeds from the drawing go to support wildlife research, habitat management and public hunting.
“We are extremely excited about the results this year; not only that we are able to send 14 people and their friends/family on hunts of a lifetime, but through the generosity of hunters around the country we were able to raise important conservation dollars for wildlife habitat and public hunting projects on public lands in Texas,” said Justin Dreibelbis, TPWD Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director.
This year’s winner of the Texas Grand Slam hunting package, Greg May of Amarillo, is making plans for four separate guided hunts for the state’s top four premier big game species – desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and mule deer.
Following are the other category winners of this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts:
Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt – Rod Rodriguez, Austin
Nilgai Antelope Safari – Craig McCallum, Rockwall
Premium Buck Hunt – Brooks Smith, Houston
Exotic Safari – Melvin Dennard, Friendswood
Whitetail Bonanza – Stewart Brandon, Sandia; Daniel Schuch, Leander; Thomas Becker, New Braunfels; Audion Hubenak, Rock Island; Thomas Riley, Granbury
Big Time Bird Hunt – Michael Ostrowski, Reading, PA
Gator Hunt – Mark Smith, Fort Worth
Texas Waterfowl Hunt – Dwight Volling, Alice
Wild Hog Adventure – Roland Krienke, Cedar Park
All winners have been notified. Entries for next year’s Big Time Texas Hunts will go on sale May 15, 2019.