Some lucky Texans are lucky enough to hunt in unspoilt parts of the state!
SPRING BRANCH, Texas – If you’ve ever been to a Texas state park, you’ve probably seen a gorgeous buck and thought, “Man, I’d like to shoot him!”
Once a year, some people have this chance.
Each year, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife holds a “Raffle Hunt”. You sign up for the hunt you want, send in a small entry fee, and then a lottery is held to see who wins those hunts.
On December 4 and 5, Guadalupe River State Park will close to the public for its annual youth hunt. This allows children from 8 to 16 years old to hunt. “It’s an opportunity the average person in Texas doesn’t have,” said Mark Pearson, Lead Park Ranger.
He said: “The white-tailed deer herd here is quite healthy, but we have too many exotic species.” The park has a huge herd of axis deer, a few mouflon, aoudad, occasional sitka, but the biggest problem is the feral pigs.
Pearson said the hunt allows hunters to take one antlered buck, but as many exotic species as they want. In fact, even after killing your money, you can still hunt all three days and take as many Exotics as you want.
The most important thing Pearson said is to manage the quality of animals in the park. The park will close to the public at 10 p.m. from December 3 to 9.
The only people allowed to enter will be the selected hunters.