Oregon Some people spend thousands of dollars at auctions for the chance to hunt a trophy animal anywhere they want in Oregon. But it could cost you less than five bucks.
Raffle tickets for one of 12 Oregon special big game hunts are on sale online, at license agentsor by mail/fax (pdf) order through May 4.They can also be purchased at the State OHA Convention on May 16 at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City between 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.(Raffle winners are drawn at 7:45 p.m.)
Winners get to hunt the animal of their choice during a two or three month long season over a large area or even statewide—for less than the cost of a controlled hunt application fee, and withbetter odds than some controlled trophy hunts
Several state records have been set on raffle tags. Last year, Ray Wurdinger set the new state archery record when he took a bighorn sheep measuring 185 2/8” in the Lookout Mountain unit on the raffle tag (photo below). In 2012, Will Garroutte set a new state record with this Rocky Mountain goat taken near Hat Point (Wallowa County) with his raffle tag (photo).
Raffle tickets start at just $4.50 for a deer hunt, $6.50 for elk, or $11.50 for a combination deer/elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn or Rocky Mountain goat ticket. Save on the per-ticket cost by purchasing multiple ticket packages (for example, 100 deer tickets for $101.50).
ODFW will raffle off the following 12 hunts at the Oregon Hunters Association State Conventionon Saturday, May 16 at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City: Governor’s Statewide Deer/Elk Combo, Statewide Deer, Southeast Oregon Deer, Central Oregon Deer, Northeast Oregon Deer, Statewide Elk, Northeast Oregon Elk, Central/Southeast Elk, Western Oregon Elk, Rocky Mtn Goat, Pronghorn Antelope and Bighorn Sheep. Raffle ticket buyers do not need to be present at the OHA Convention to win.
The raffle tickets can also be given as gifts; just fill out the name of the family member or friend who you want to win the hunt. Raffle tags are also an additional hunt opportunity for anyone that wins, meaning winners can still hunt on a tag drawn in the controlled process or a general season tag.
Each ticket must be filled out (online or at a license sales agent during the sale, or by hand) to indicate the tag recipient. Tickets not completed during the sales process must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at ODFW Raffles, PO Box 3307, Salem, OR 97302. Completed tickets can also be hand-delivered to the OHA Convention (Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City) between 4:30-7:30 p.m. on May 16.
Finally, the Statewide Deer and Elk Combination Tags will be auctioned at the OHA Convention on May 16.
Proceeds from the sale of auction tags and raffle tickets benefit hunting access, habitat improvement and big game research projects in Oregon.
Visit OregonRaffleHunts.com for more information or see pages 15-17 of the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations.