Deer and Elk Raffle Hunt Tickets Are on Sale

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Take a chance on the Access and Habitat Program's Deer and Elk Raffle Hunts and you'll be investing in better wildlife habitat and more places to hunt. And if you win, you'll get the hunt of a lifetime in the bargain. Tickets went on sale Dec. 1.

Nine raffle hunts are offered for 2004 and include Statewide Deer, Northeast Oregon Deer, Southeast Oregon Deer, Central Oregon Deer, Northeast Oregon Elk, High Desert Elk, Western Oregon Elk, Statewide Elk and a Statewide Combination Deer and Elk hunt.

Deer and elk raffle winners may hunt a 91-day season, Sept. 1 - Nov. 30, 2004 , across multiple management units. Winners may harvest a deer and/or elk with general or controlled season tags during authorized seasons, in addition to filling their raffle tag.

Ticket prices for deer hunts are $4 for one ticket, $11 for six, $21 for 15, $51 for 40 and $101 for 100. Elk raffle tickets are $6 for one, $21 for six, $41 for 15 and $101 for 40. Combination Deer and Elk Hunt tickets are one for $11, six for $31, 15 for $61 and 40 for $151.

Ticket packages up to 15 may be purchased at any Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife license vendor throughout the state until May 12, 2004 . Ticket packages of 40 and 100 must be purchased by mail or fax through ODFW's Salem Headquarters office, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE , Salem , OR 97303 . The fax number is (503) 947-6012. Mail order / fax ticket orders must be received at ODFW's Salem Headquarters by May 7, 2004 .

Order forms are available from license agents, in the 2004 big game regulations or by calling (503) 947-6087 .

Purchased tickets must be filled out and returned to ODFW to be officially entered in the drawing. Completed tickets must be post-marked no later than May 15, 2004 . Completed raffle tickets also may be hand delivered to the drawing location.

The winning tickets will be drawn at the 21st Annual Oregon Hunters Association State Convention to be held at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn, Portland on May 22, 2004 .

All money raised from the raffle is distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations and others to cooperatively fund wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout Oregon .