Fall hunting seasons are still a few months away, but the time is just about ripe to ante up for shots at a slew of public lands hunting permits up for grabs this year through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s lottery-style drawn hunt program.

The 2020-21 “Drawn Hunts” link on TPWD’s website — tpwd.texas.gov — will go live sometime before the July 4 holiday, according to Kelly Edmiston, TPWD public hunts coordinator.

Chappell buck

Youth hunter Katelyn Chappell, of Commerce, bagged this outstanding whitetail last year at the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area in South Texas. The deer scored 1696/8 B&C.

Live axis deer

Nearly 9,500 permits in 56 categories will be up for grabs this year in TPWD’s lottery-style drawn hunt program. Beginning in early July, hunters can apply for permits to hunt a variety of big game, exotics, birds and other game animals on state-owned/managed wildlife management areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, U.S. Forest Service properties and select private tracts.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.

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