Raffles, Auctions of Big Game Tags Break Record

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced that the state’s 2006 auctions and raffles for big game hunting tags broke last year’s record of $515,800, raising $542,557 for hunter access and wildlife habitat projects throughout the state.

The auction of 12 big game hunting tags netted a record $370,200, of which $333,180 will go to fund ODFW programs. The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at various meetings and conventions of their organizations in the past few months will keep the remaining 10 percent of the auction proceeds, or $37,020. Those groups include the Oregon Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Bow Hunters, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Safari Club International.

The raffle for an additional 13 big game hunting tags raised $209,377. The drawing was held at the May 20 Oregon Hunters Association annual convention in Lincoln City .

Of the combined auction and raffle monies raised for ODFW, $306,403.50 will go to the Access and Habitat program to fund wildlife habitat and hunter access improvement projects in the state. The remaining $236,153.50 will fund the research and management of bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and Rocky Mountain goat in Oregon .

A list of the auction proceeds and raffle winners follows. Winners of these special tags enjoy an extended season and expanded hunt area.

2006 Tag Auctions

Governor’s Combination Statewide Deer and Elk (2 tags) - $28,000

Statewide Deer - $21,000
Statewide Deer - $29,000
Statewide Deer - $31,000
Statewide Deer - $29,000
Statewide Elk - $20,000
Statewide Elk - $22,000
Statewide Elk - $25,000
Statewide Elk - $25,000
Pronghorn - $20,200
Bighorn Sheep - $120,000

2006 Raffle Tag Winners

Statewide Deer - Casey Brooks, LaCenter, WA
Statewide Combo (2 tags) - Stan Alexander, White City , OR
Northeast Oregon Deer - Russell Bingaman, Imbler , OR
Southeast Oregon Deer - Gerald Warnock, Portland , OR
Central Oregon Deer - Alfredo Julian, Vancouver , WA
Northeast Oregon Elk - Kent Coppinger, Summerville , OR
Central/Southeast Oregon Elk- Ted Dole, Eagle Point , OR
Western Oregon Elk - Ralph Koski, Kalama , WA
Statewide Oregon Elk - Erik Rollen, Medford , OR
Pronghorn - Lee Fino, Dinuba , CA
Rocky Mountain Goat - Matt Waite, Woodburn , OR
Bighorn Sheep - Ron Skoronski, Garden Grove , IA