Salem, OR -(AmmoLand.com)- ODFW’s 2016 auctions and raffles for Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $755,963, of which $537,816 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $218,147 to big game research and management. Winners of the special tags enjoy an extended season and expanded hunt area.
The auction of 13 special big game tags grossed $517,000 and included the first auction for an Oregon Rocky Mt Goat tag which sold for $30,000. Several of the statewide deer and elk auction tags sold for new records including a statewide elk tag which sold for $49,000 during the OHA banquet. The Governor’s combination deer/elk tag broke the previous record (by $2,000) and sold for $70,000 this year.
Raffle winners were drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention on May 21 in Canyonville, OR. A total of 95,343 raffle tickets were sold, grossing $238,964.
The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at fund raising banquets of their organizations in the past few months will keep 10 percent of the auction proceeds ($51,700). Those groups include local, state and/or national chapters of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.
The A&H Program funds hunter access to private lands and wildlife habitat improvement projects in the state. Proceeds from the pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat raffles and auctions fund the research and management of these species, including ODFW’s bighorn sheep and goat transplants which are putting these species back into their native habitat across Oregon.
For more information on Oregon’s Auction and Raffle Big Game Tags visit www.OregonRaffleHunts.com.
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Our mission is to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.
For more information, visit: www.dfw.state.or.us.