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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
Nov. 5, 2012
Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced
A letter in the mail proclaiming "You Are a Winner" usually ends up in the trash with the other junk mail. Fortunately, Roger Dean Theisen took the time to read one he recently received from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Big Time Texas Hunts program. It was a winning moment.
"When I received the letter I was excited but couldn't remember which hunt I had put in for. I was hoping it was the Grand Slam," said Victoria tobacco shop owner Roger Dean Theisen. "I've entered for a number of years, figured it was a good cause."
Theisen along with 14 other lucky winners will be marking their calendars for a once in a lifetime hunting opportunity in the Lone Star State won through the TPWD Big Time Texas Hunts program.
The Big Time Texas Hunts raffle offers hunting packages ranging from guided white-tailed deer hunting, bird and gator hunts to the Grand Slam which treats the lucky winner and a non-hunting guest to food, lodging, taxidermy and a personal guide for four separate hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and desert mule deer. Theisen was the winner of this top package.
"I'm really excited about the desert bighorn hunt, "said Theisen. "It's something I've always wanted to do, but -- being a normal person -- wasn't something I ever considered being able to do, so this is a blessing. My feet haven't touched the ground the entire week."
This year, the Big Time Texas Hunts drawing received 64,340 entries ($9/entry online or $10/entry by mail, phone or at license retailers) and raised $612,161. All proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas. For more information on this hunting program, visit tpwd.texas.gov/buybtth.
Congratulations to the following winners of this year's Big Time Texas hunts. All winners have been notified and have accepted the prize.
Texas Grand Slam
--Roger Dean Theisen, Yoakum, TX
Texas Exotic Safari
--Henry Frank Bell, Seguin, TX
--Gaynard Ernest Wenglar, East Bernard, TX
Texas Premium Buck
--Melvin P. Solomon, Conroe, TX
Texas Waterfowl Adventure
--Gary Wayne Lee, Conroe, TX
Texas Big Time Bird Hunt
--Riley Bruce Marsh, Yoakum, TX
Texas Whitetail Bonanza
--John M. Dagenhart, Blackwell, TX
--Garrie E. Struhall, Austin, TX
--Russell Neal Terral, Mertzon, TX
--James Avery Low, Cherokee, TX
--Kevin Lane Preston, Conroe, TX
--Craig A. Enright, Quinlan, TX
--Patrick James Bailey, Corpus Christi, TX
--Robert M. Flatley, San Antonio, TX
Texas Gator Hunt
--Lee Andrew Friedman, Clayton, CA