News Release
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2024

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) has released the regional banquet schedule for its annual Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) program.

The first banquet is July 27 in Bryan at the Ice House on Main, followed by Aug. 10 at Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio and wrapping up in Ft. Worth on Aug. 17 at the Community Arts Center.

Established in 1991, the program is designed to promote big game hunting in Texas and encourage proactive habitat and wildlife management. TWA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department co-sponsor the awards programs and banquets.

“The Texas Big Game Awards program recognizes exceptional native Texas big game animals, as well as the landowners whose conservation efforts and stewardship create ideal habitat that supports our native wildlife. Each banquet serves as a celebration of our hunting heritage and brings together Texans of all ages,” said TWA CEO Justin Dreibelbis.

More than 1,000 award applications were received prior to the March 1 program deadline. All applicants will be recognized and receive a certificate at one of the regional banquets coordinated by TWA.

“It is encouraging to see high levels of participation in the TBGA. Even more encouraging are the number of entries for youth and first harvest, which is 159 and 285 respectively. It is exciting to see young Texans and new hunters experiencing what our great state has to offer,” he said.

This year’s banquets include a screening of TWA’s first-ever Conservation Film Series featuring Brandon Adams’ Texas Slammed. The film series is an hour-long compilation of conservation shorts from Texas.

The Bryan regional banquet covers Regions 5, 6 and 7 which includes the Post Oak Savannah, Piney Woods and Coastal Prairie regions of Texas. The San Antonio banquet includes Regions 4 and 8 (Edwards Plateau and South Texas) while the Fort Worth event is for Regions 1, 2 and 3 (Trans Pecos, Panhandle and Cross Timbers).

Hunters who harvested the top three animals, statewide in each category, will be recognized and receive a special award at the TWA annual Convention in San Antonio July 11-14 at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa.

TBGA program sponsors include Hixon Land and Cattle Company, Carter’s Country Outdoor Stores, Busch Light, Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships, Capital Farm Credit, Stealth Cam, Skull Hooker, Yeti, NAP Archery, Muddy, Lee Hoffpauir Outdoor Superstore, Cyclops Lights, Walkers Game Ears, Cold Steel, Silver Stag, Mossberg Rifles, and Hawk Hunting Products.

For more information on the TBGA banquets, call (210) 826-2903 or visit


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