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Texas Deer Hunting

Texas offers a vast amount of opportunity to hunt deer. The public draw system allows you to hunt deer on various state parks and wildlife management areas. By far, the best way to hunt deer is to get in contact with one of our Endorsed Outfitters. With Texas being mostly private land, it is nice to have these guys in your court figuring out the leases and all the logistics that come along with hunting deer in Texas. Like many other species in Texas, the Big Time Texas Hunts raffle offers opportunities to hunt deer. Whitetail and mule deer are included in the previously mentioned Texas Grand Slam package, but there are a few more. The Ultimate Mule Deer hunt package is a three to five-day rut hunt on the Yoakum Dunes WMA in the Texas Panhandle, which includes guides, lodging, and meals. If whitetails are your thing, the Premium Buck hunt package is for you. It is a mature whitetail buck hunt in South Texas with the expertise of professional guides. The other whitetail hunt package is the Whitetail Bonanza with five winners, and it takes place on the Chaparral and Matador WMA. Food and lodging are included on this three to five-day hunt.

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Opportunities to apply for and perhaps even draw a Desert bighorn sheep tag are so rare that we highly encourage you to apply for both the Big Time Texas Grand Slam and the regular Texas Desert bighorn sheep draw permit. If exotics are on your bucket list, Texas offers a cheap way to get your name in the hat between the public draw and the Big Time raffle. Take a few minutes and make sure you get your applications in. If you don’t have time to apply, call our License Application Service at 435-865-1020 and we’ll apply for you. The Lone Star State is the land of opportunity when it comes to hunting species from across the world. Let us help you get in contact with one of our Endorsed Outfitters to get some species checked off your bucket list.

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Private Land, Semi-Guided, and Guided Deer Hunts in Texas

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Application Dates for Deer in Texas

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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Texas Non-Resident Deer Hunting Fees

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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