It is that time of year again – time to dust of the bows and take aim at the feral hogs.
The Bluecollar Bowhunters (BCB) are ready and taking names for participants of the 2011 Texas Big Nasty Hog Contest set for Saturday, Feb. 12, and they are offering a $20 discount to early entries in the adult division received before Monday, Jan. 31.
The BCB have added several new divisions for 2011 as well as modifying many of the contest rules. The actual hunting is set for Sunday, Feb. 13 at midnight ending Sunday, March 13 at midnight.
Entry forms can be found online at www.texasbignastyhogcontest.com or on Facebook under “Texas Big Nasty Hog Contest.”
Opening ceremonies will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. The BCB will have target shooting along with booths and lots of food including chili and hot dogs.
All that attend are eligible for the many door prizes at the opening ceremony to be held at a new location this year due to the expected growth of the contest, Pickton Community Center in Pickton. Sponsors have donated T-shirts, fletching kits, hog traps, arrows and arrow wraps, tool kits, knives, gift certificates, deer stands, feeder corn and many other hunting supplies just to name a few door prizes.
“We are very excited,” said BCB co-founder Jared Brumley. “We are putting more focus on the youth this year, the ‘next generation of hunters.’ We hope to have a good turnout.”
Brumley was particularly excited about the big prize – a 5x10 trailer sponsored by 4-H Construction and JH3 Construction, LLC. will go to the camera person of the best video.
The special guest will be “The Pig Man” Quaca from the Leupolds Pig Man television series. “The Pig Man” will be on hand with his crew to sign autographs and pose for photos.
“Willy the Wild Hog” will make a repeat appearance plus there will be a Beard Busters Chapter Jakes and Jakes Extreme Event.
Those with children under the age of 17 interested in the outdoors, this is a must see event. The Jakes Event is specially designed to introduce them to the outdoors. For more information on the Jakes Event contact Terry Hayley at 903-335-0875.
For the adult division of the TBNHC, the cost for admission is $120. The team must consist of one or two bow hunters and hunts must be filmed. First place prizes are two 2011 Bowtech Invasions, and second place winners will receive two 2011 Bowtech Assassins.
The ladies division entry fee is $50. Teams must include the hunter and camera person, participants are permitted to use gun or bow. First place is a 2011 Bowtech Heartbreak.
For the youth division, participation fee is $35. The age range is 13 to 16 years of age. For the 12 and under ages, the kids division fee is $25. Teams of the youth and kids division must include the hunter and camera person, participants are permitted to use gun or bow. First place is a 2011 Bowtech Soldier.
For the TBNHC there will be a best in-field photo, best video, longest tusks and most hogs shot on video. Categories are open to all registered contestants and/or teams.
It is a one-time prize giveaway for each category. The contest is a 100 percent payout. Awards will also be presented for best video and longest tusk. For more details, see the rules on the contest website.
Categories include adult – two largest hogs, ladies – largest single hog, youth – largest single hog and kids – largest single hog.
In the contest’s first year the BCB recorded 30 teams in attendance, last year the registration grew to 47 teams. Brumley estimates with the help of Hayley and his help increasing sponorship there will be 75 teams participating this year.
“We want this to be about people getting together and visiting. I remember when I was a kid going to events, people today just don’t seem to have time,” said Brumley, looking forward to the opening. “We hope with all the events we are offering as well as guaranteed prizes more folks will come out and participate.”
The Pickton Community Center is located at F.M. 269 and State Highway 11 (or “the loop in Pickton.”) To reach the BCB contact Jared Brumley at 903-975-4078, Jeremy Sickles at 903-767-9618, Cody Hunt at 903-348-2461 or Richard Sanchez at 469-387-5857.