By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News | Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014 1:00 am
Lufkin has scored another large convention.
According to Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city will host the regional Texas Big Game Awards convention and banquet in May.
Watson-Watkins said the organization, a partnership of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association, anticipates that more than 500 people will attend the event, generating more than 100 room nights at area accommodations.
“We were excited that they wanted us to bid,” Watson-Watkins said. “We put in a great bid, I think. They came down with about 10 of their members, and they loved what we had to offer. The people who will be coming will share their excitement with other hunters, land owners and wildlife enthusiasts as they celebrate Texas’ hunting heritage.”
The purpose of the Texas Big Game Awards, according to the organization’s website, is to promote awareness about wildlife management and the role that ethical hunting plays in habitat conservation, and to foster cooperation among stakeholders who ensure that our state’s wildlife habitat is conserved forever.
The program awards individuals who harvest white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina or pronghorn antelope in Texas and recognizes the land managers who produce those animals.
The organization also recognizes field photos submitted by hunters who have entered animals in the program.
The event has previously been held in Bryan/College Station and Brenham, and Watson-Watkins said the organization anticipates Lufkin will serve as host for the next three to five years. She said organizers are also looking into offering a hunter’s safety course during the program which potentially could bring in more attendees.
Lufkin has hosted large events in recent months, including the Texas Local Firefighters’ Pension Educational Conference earlier this month and professional development training for Texas Main Street program managers in June.
For more information on the Texas Big Game Awards, visit at TexasBigGameAwards.org or call 800.839.9453.