Texas Big Game Awards Encourages All Hunters to Purchase Their Hunting License For This Fall
San Antonio – Celebrating its 28th year, the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA), a partnership of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), continues to be the leader in recognizing the contributions that landowners, land managers and responsible hunters make to managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat on Texas’ private and public lands.
To kick off the 2018-2019 hunting season, the TBGA would like to encourage the hunters and landowners of Texas to enter the TBGA this coming fall hunting season. The TBGA is a free, certificate-based awards program recognizing hunters, landowners, youth, and first-time hunters across the state. As Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during his video message at the TBGA’s statewide ceremony held this past July, “On behalf of the state of Texas, I want to congratulate all of the winners at this year’s Texas Big Game Awards.” Governor Abbott continues, “I am so proud of your legacy. A legacy that stretches back to the very beginning of our great state. A legacy that was founded on private land ownership, on conservation and a deep respect for the land and our wildlife.”
The TBGA would also like to encourage all hunters to support the ‘Hunters for the Hungry’ program this season. You may also help support the program through a donation when you purchase your hunting license.
Are you interested in knowing what the records are for the county you hunt in? Then check out the Texas Big Game Awards ‘Trophy Search’ feature on the TBGA’s website. You can search by animal type, county, score and more to see all kinds of unique information about trophy animals from across the state. Also, if you are looking for more information on how to get youth into hunting, please check out the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP). To learn more, visit: www.tyhp.org
The purpose of the TBGA is to make everyone aware of the important role ethical hunting and habitat management play in the lives of our young people, and to the ecosystem over which we must be responsible stewards. To do that, the TBGA’s objectives are to recognize:
- The importance of our hunting heritage.
- The landowners who work to achieve healthy habitats.
- The quality of big game animals in Texas.
- The achievements of young and new hunters.
- The hunters who harvest these animals.
About the Texas Big Game Awards:
Under the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) program, awards are given to all “Scored Entries” that meet minimum regional requirements, and there are no entry fees. Deadline to enter is a postmark date of March 1, 2019. Hunters who harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, javelina, or desert bighorn sheep this season meeting the minimum Boone and Crockett (B&C) net score requirements for their respective Region may be eligible to receive recognition in the “Scored Entry” category, as well as the landowner of the property from which the trophy was taken.
Hunters of any age who harvest their first big game animal in Texas are eligible for the “First Big Game Harvest” category. Hunters who harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina, or pronghorn antelope are eligible whether they harvest a buck or doe, regardless of score of the animal in this category.
And, any youth hunter (under 17 years of age when they purchase their hunting license) with a Special Resident Hunting License who harvests a white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina, or pronghorn antelope is eligible for the “Youth Division,” whether they harvest a buck or doe, regardless of score.
For more information on the Texas Big Game Awards, certified scorers list, entry rules and minimum scores are also featured on the TBGA website at www.TexasBigGameAwards.org. The website also features photos of entries, links to great TBGA Sponsors, and Trophy Search.