Each year as the fall hunting seasons get underway, Texas hunters and anglers shed their expired, folded and hopefully well-used patchwork of a license and replace it with a freshly-purchased one.
There is a way to bypass this annual ritual –take care of licensing requirements for life with the purchase of a $1,800 Lifetime Super Combo license, or enter for the chance to win one through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lifetime License Drawing for $5.
Entries for the drawing may be added to yearly license purchases at retailers, by phone 1-800-895-4248 and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/licensedraw .There is no limit on the number of entries that may be purchased.
This year, there are three chances to win and entries are now being accepted. Winners will be drawn Oct. 3, Nov. 1 and Dec. 1. Entries not drawn will be automatically entered in the next drawing, so the earlier participants enter, the more chances they have to win.
Tim Brockway, a retired firefighter from Kaufman and an avid angler, used to buy a Super Combo hunting and fishing license every year. After being selected in the lifetime license drawing in 2010 he can now hunt and fish in Texas without buying another state license.
He recalls telling the guys up at the fire station, “Hey, I bought a five dollar chance to win a lifetime license and I get a call a few months later – and I would have bet anything one of the guys got their wives to call and mess with me – and I actually didn’t believe them. I got off the phone and I called our local game warden that I know real well. He said: ‘Give me the phone number they called you from and the person’s name and I’ll check on it.’ Whenever I gave him the phone number and name, he said: ‘Congratulations; I know the person and I know the number.’”
Proceeds from entries go toward TPWD conservation efforts that will help keep hunting and fishing great in Texas.