Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds hunters the deadline to enter this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15.

The Big Time Texas Hunts offer hunters a chance to experience the best hunting packages in the Lone Star State with an opportunity to win one or more top guided hunts with food and lodging provided, as well as taxidermy in some cases.

A new category added this year, the Wild Hog Adventure, is an opportunity for one winner and up to three hunting guests to go hog wild on a long weekend trip for big and mean trophy Texas wild boar. The winners will pursue elusive free-range wild hogs on a private ranch where they average 125 pounds and have weighed in at up to 465 pounds. Food, lodging, transportation to and from the stand, and quartering of the hogs is provided.

The crown jewel of the Big Time Texas Hunts program is the Texas Grand Slam hunt package, which includes four separate hunts for Texas’ most prized big game animals — the desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. There are several quality whitetail hunt packages available, as well as opportunities to pursue alligator, exotic big game, waterfowl and game birds.

Big Time Texas Hunts generates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, with proceeds dedicated to providing more public hunting opportunity and to funding wildlife conservation and research programs in Texas.

Entries for the Big Time Texas Hunts are $9 if purchased online and $10 if purchased at a license retailer or over the phone at 800-895-4248. Online purchases will include a $5 administrative fee per transaction, meaning hunters can buy as many entries as they wish online for one fee. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may purchase. Purchasers must be 17 years of age or older.

Winners will be contacted before the end of October to give them time to make their hunting trip preparations.

Purchase Big Time Texas Hunts entries online www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buybtth

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