The deadline for submitting entries for this year’s bow hunts is noon on Aug. 22. The 17th annual bow hunt for white-tail deer and feral hogs will take place from the end of September to the beginning of January.
The bow hunts are restricted to the use of archery equipment and will be held on 15 consecutive weekends beginning on the weekend of Sept. 26 and ending on the weekend of Jan. 2-4, 2015.
On the first weekend of archery season, legal hunting is only allowed on Saturday and Sunday. For the remaining weekends, hunters selected by random drawing will be allowed to pre-scout and begin hunting assigned areas on Friday of their hunting weekend, and continue through Sunday.
“These yearly hunts began in 1999 to help reduce the size of the deer herd that has continued to grow beyond the carrying capacity of the reservoir’s lands, and to reduce the numbers of feral hogs that continue to increase in numbers and damage reservoir property. Each year the drawn hunters see a lot of deer,” said GBRA Reservoir Ranger and Hunt Coordinator, Curtis Seiler.
The annual hunt takes place on more than 1,400 acres managed by GBRA around the reservoir, but not a part of the Coleto Creek Park. Hunters will be allowed to harvest two antlerless deer and an unlimited number of feral hogs. Hunters may apply for the hunts individually or as a group of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 per party. Each individual or group will be assigned a specific hunt area dependent on the size of the group. The fee to hunt per weekend will be $150 per hunter.
To enter the random drawing for the hunts, send a 3.5x5.5 postcard that includes a name, address, daytime phone number, email address, and all names of those in the hunting party. Each hunter may submit a postcard in his/her own name.
Send to GBRA bow hunt, Coleto Creek Park, P.O. Box 68, Fannin, TX 77960 or drop off at the Coleto Creek Park office at 365 Coleto Park Rd.
Each individual is limited to only one postcard entry. No email entries will be accepted. Only those applicants drawn will be notified of the results of the annual draw.
For more information, contact Wilfred Korth, Chief Ranger, at the Coleto Creek Office at 361-575-6366 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.