Big Game Raffle and Auction Hunts Earn Record-Level Dollars

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced the state's 2005 big game auction and raffle hunts have raised a record $515,800 for hunter access and wildlife improvement projects throughout the state.

Winning raffle tickets for four deer, four elk, one combination deer and elk, one pronghorn, one Rocky Mountain goat and one bighorn sheep hunt were drawn on June 4, 2005 at the Oregon Hunters Association convention in Seaside.

The last of the Access and Habitat Program auction tags also was sold at the convention. The rest of the auction tags were offered at the banquets of various hunter conservation organizations earlier this year, including the OHA convention.

The bighorn sheep auction and raffle hunt program netted $170,841, which will be used to fund bighorn sheep projects in 2005. This year's winner bighorn raffle winner was Russell Young of Woodstock, IL.

Winners may hunt for either Rocky Mountain or California bighorn sheep anywhere in Oregon where there is an authorized season and tag in 2005, in an extended hunting season from Aug. 13 to Nov. 8.

The pronghorn hunt raffle winner is Mike Solt of Bend, OR. The auction and raffle netted $41,053. This is the second year pronghorn hunt tags have been offered for raffle and auction. The revenue is dedicated to the pronghorn program.

Tag winners may hunt anywhere there is a pronghorn season, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. The extended season runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2005.

The Rocky Mountain goat raffle tag was won by Todd Erickson of Carlton, OR. The raffle netted $8,400 for the Rocky Mountain goat program. This is the second year that Rocky Mountain goat tags have been raffled.

The winner may hunt for an extended season from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2005, in any part of the state where there is an authorized Rocky Mountain goat season and tags in 2005.

This year the Access and Habitat Program offered nine deer and/or elk auction hunts including four statewide deer hunts, four statewide elk hunts and one combination statewide elk and deer hunt.

The sale of the auction hunts generated $196,200 for the Access and Habitat Program. The funds will be used for hunter access and wildlife habitat improvement projects throughout the state.

Deer and elk auction hunt winners will be able to hunt during an extended season that runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2005, across multiple management units.

The 2005 Access and Habitat Program Deer and Elk Raffle Hunts generated $99,234 to help fund projects that increase public hunting access and improve wildlife habitat throughout the state.

Deer and elk raffle hunt winners will be able to hunt during an extended season that runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2005, across multiple management units.

This year's raffle hunt winners are:

Statewide Deer Hunt
Casey Brooks
LaCenter, WA

Governors' Combination Deer and Elk Hunt
Travis Ballard
Sutherlin, OR

Northeast Oregon Deer Hunt
Rick Hendrickson
Pendleton, OR

Southeast Oregon Deer Hunt
Shane Spannous

Belgrade, MT Central Oregon Deer Hunt
Alfredo Julian

Vancouver, WA Northeast Oregon Elk Hunt
Josh Rinard

Sandy, OR High Desert Elk Hunt
Ron Stevens

Astoria, OR Western Oregon Elk Hunt
Dennis Mcganty

McMinnville, OR Statewide Elk Hunt
Brian McDowell
Gates, OR