Big Game Raffle Hunt Tickets on Sale Through May 7

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There’s still plenty of time to buy raffle tickets for a chance at winning a special deer, elk, or bighorn sheep tag. But don’t wait too long. Ticket sales at all point-of sale ticket vendors closes on May 7. After May 7, tickets may only be purchased at the Oregon Hunters Association convention on May 17 in Redmond, OR.

Each year the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Access and Habitat Board offers elk and deer raffle hunts with proceeds funding the A&H Program’s wildlife habitat and hunting access projects. Last year’s A&H raffle hunts garnered $100,557 for projects throughout the state. ODFW also offers a raffle tag that benefits the State’s Bighorn Sheep Program by providing funds for bighorn trapping, transplants and research.

The 2003 A&H raffle hunts feature a statewide deer hunt, statewide combination elk and deer hunt, northeast Oregon, southeast Oregon and central Oregon deer hunts and northeast Oregon, high desert, western Oregon and statewide elk hunts. Deer and elk raffle winners may hunt across multiple management units between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, 2003. 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. Bighorn sheep raffle tickets are one for $11, six for $51, and 13 for $101.

Ticket packages up to 15 may be purchased at any ODFW point-of-sale license vendor. Ticket packages of 40 and 100 must be purchased by mail or fax through ODFW’s Portland office, P.O. Box 59, Portland, Oregon 97207. The fax number is (503) 872-5261.

Order forms are available from point-of-sale agents, in the 2003 Oregon Big Game Regulations or by calling (503) 872-5260, extension 5349.

Purchased tickets must be filled out and returned to ODFW to be officially entered in the drawing or they may be hand-delivered to the OHA convention. Completed tickets must be post-marked no later than May 10. ODFW does not provide a refund for late tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn at the 20th Annual OHA State Convention to be held May 17 at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.

For more information on the Access and Habitat Program, contact program coordinator Susan Barnes at (503) 872-5260, extension 5349. For more information on the bighorn sheep program, contact program coordinator Don Whittaker at (503) 872-5260, extension 5341.