Typically, there are 13-15 Desert bighorn sheep permits available every year based on the annual census. Of those permits, only two are available through a raffle or public drawing. Another permit is auctioned off by a non-profit organization chosen by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the remaining permits are issued to private Landowners.
The auction tag is valid for a predetermined unit that can change year to year. It is decided upon by surveys done by the Parks and Wildlife Department. For the last few years, the auction tag has brought in $100,000+ to all of the organizations it has been sold through. The hunt dates are flexible and are decided upon by the auction winner and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The hunter may bring along one non-hunting companion. In addition to the permit, the hunter is required to possess a valid Texas hunting license.
Landowner tags are available in Texas. Permits are issued to landowners or their agents in the areas of West Texas. The exact number of permits will be decided on based on their aerial surveys of the area in late August, and Texas will notify the landowners. At this time, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not have a process in place to release the contact information of the landowners who receive permits.
Texas Parks and Wildlife begins their annual aerial survey in August where herd population and composition are determined. September 15th is when applications will be available. In 2017, the Texas Public Draw hunt package was unavailable due to Desert bighorn sheep restoration efforts between Trans-Pecos WMAs. This had nothing to do with herd health in the Lone Star State. In fact, the sheep populations are booming, and we do not foresee another cancelation. The hunt will be conducted on the Black Gap, Elephant Mountain, or Sierra Diablo WMA. This will be a five-day guided hunt with food, lodging, and transportation provided. Season dates are January 31-June 30, 2022. The cost to apply is $10, and you are only allowed to submit one application per person. A Loyalty Point will be awarded to unsuccessful applicants. Harvest success is 100% almost every year. For the 2020-2021 season, there were 6,600 applicants for the one permit. For the 2019-2020 season, there were 4,574 applicants for the one permit. For the 2018-2019 season, there were 4,910 applicants for the one permit.
Big Time Texas Hunts offers the Texas Grand Slam package where one lucky winner wins four separate Texas big game hunts – Desert bighorn sheep, whitetail deer, antelope, and mule deer. This hunt package includes food, lodging, taxidermy, and a professional guide service for all four hunting trips. Hunters may purchase as many entries into this raffle as they want. The price is $9 per entry plus a $5 administrative fee that is charged for each online transaction. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Entries purchased at licensed retailers, by phone, or by mail are $10 each. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. If you are successful in drawing this hunt package, you will be able to negotiate the hunt dates to accommodate your schedule. To apply online or to learn more about this hunt package, go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/grandslam.phtml.
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The application deadline for the Texas public draw and the Big Time Texas Hunts raffle is October 15, 2021. The Texas Desert Sheep deadline is November 1, 2021
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|Big Time Texas Hunts Raffle Entry||$9 Online|
|Public Draw Application Fee||$0-$10|
|Non-Resident Hunting License (required if successful)||$315|
|Non-Resident Special Hunting License||$132|
|Non-Resident 5-Day Special Hunting License||$48|
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