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Drawn hunt program exclusively online

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s new online-only public hunt drawing system is now live, the agency reported.
The new online-only system is currently accepting applications for drawn hunts for the 2014-15 calendar. This includes special permit hunts, E-Postcard hunts and United States Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits.
The entire process – from applications to fee payments and permit issuance – is being handled electronically.
“Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands,” booklets, application forms and permits will no longer be mailed out.
Hunting options can be browsed online by category, and there is an interactive map. A downloadable PDF of the catalog is also available.
Hunters can apply for multiple hunt areas within the same category, and the online system allows individuals more time to fill out applications. Applicants will have until midnight Central Time on the day of a given deadline to apply.
Applicants will also retain and accrue Preference Points, now called Loyalty Points. People will be able to check their application status and Loyalty Points online.
Only complete and accurate applications will be accepted, the TPWD reported. Once an application submission and billing process are completed, orders cannot be canceled and fees will not be returned.
All applicants must have a customer account. Those who do not have an account must create one with the new system, with a unique ID number. An ID number can be a Texas driver’s license number, social security number or passport number.
The drawn hunts program offers hunting experiences at more than 80 locations in the state in more than two dozen hunting categories.
Adult application fees for special permits are either $3 or $10 depending on category. Adult hunters that are selected will also need to pay an additional permit fee of $80 for regular hunts and $130 for extended hunts. There are no application fees for hunters ages 8-16, and non-hunting supervising adults.
To participate, applicants need Internet access, an email address, and a credit or debit card. Application deadlines start in August and wrap up in January.
For more information, call the TPWD at 1-512-389-4505 during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email: [email protected]. There also a link to the new system on the TPWD website.

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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Richey repeats at IFYR

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Sunset native Cason Richey (right) and his team roping partner Beldon Cox from Weatherford repeated as the International Finals Youth Rodeo champions last weekend at Shawnee, OK. Richey and Cox won the previous year and were able to complete the repeat by catching three steers in a combined time of 16.6 seconds. Richey is expected to compete attend Texas Tech University this fall and compete on the rodeo team.

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Youth rodeo awards presented

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The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo presented awards for its summer season this week. Tess Egenbacher won the top cowgirl buckle for the 13-18 age division, which was presented to her by Kyle Bishop. (Courtesy photo)

The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo had its awards ceremony this week, giving out plaques and buckles to the top competitors throughout the summer season.
There were four age categories with five events to compete in for the young athletes.
Along with the best results in each event, at the end the overall best cowboy and cowgirl in each age division was awarded as well.
The lead line division, in which an adult helps the young competitors, saw Rylee Stewart win the first in poles, barrel racing and mystery event on her way to win top cowgirl.
Hattie Snow got the fastest time in the flags event and Lany Shupak got the fastest goat time. Riggin Bishop got named the top cowboy in the division.
In the eight-and-under division, Whitley Goins won the top cowgirl and Trell Carpenter won top cowboy. Goins got the fastest times in barrel racing, flags and mystery event. Carpenter got the fastest time in poles and goats.
In the 9-12 age division, Sage Keck won the top cowgirl while Chisum Carpenter won the top cowboy. Keck got the fastest times in four of the five divisions. Only Layna Taylor getting the fastest goat time prevented her from winning in a clean sweep.
In the 13-18 age division, Tess Egenbacher won the top overall cowgirl award.
Kiley McCracken won both the barrel racing and flags event. Emma Strahan won the poles and mystery event. Hadlee Bryan won the goats event.
There was no top overall cowboy in the age division.

To see the times for the winners of each event in all four age categories along with pictures of all of the top cowboys and cowgirls, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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