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Big game auctions, raffles gross more than $542,000

May 23, 2013

SALEM, Ore. — The 2013 ODFW auctions and raffles for big game hunting tags grossed $542,601, of which $319,578 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $185,323 to big game research and management.

The auction of 11 special big game tags grossed $377,000 including $135,000 for a bighorn sheep tag, breaking the previous record of $130,000 set in 2011 and 2005. The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at various meetings and conventions of their organizations in the past few months will keep 10 percent of the auction proceeds ($37,700). Those groups include state and/or national chapters of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Unlimited Pheasants and Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.

Raffle winners were drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention on May 18, 2013 in Lincoln City.  A total of 71,538 raffle tickets were sold, grossing $165,601.

Proceeds from the raffle deer and elk tags will go to the Access and Habitat Program to fund wildlife habitat and hunter access improvement projects in the state. Proceeds from the pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat raffles and auctions fund the research and management of those species in Oregon.

Winners of the special tags enjoy an extended season and expanded hunt area. For more information on Oregon’s Auction and Raffle Big Game Tags visit

2013 Auctions (10 percent of funds go to sponsoring organization)

Bighorn Sheep: 
Wild Sheep Foundation
Reno, Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Statewide Elk
Ducks Unlimited, Sunset Chapter
Forest Grove, Feb. 2

Statewide Elk
Safari Club International, Santiam River Chapter
Albany, Feb. 9

Statewide Deer
Unlimited Pheasants
Klamath Falls, Feb. 16

Pronghorn Antelope: 
Oregon Hunters Association, Bend Chapter
Bend, Feb. 16

Statewide Deer
Mule Deer Foundation, National Chapter
Salt Lake, Feb. 22

Statewide Elk
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hillsboro Chapter
Forest Grove, Feb. 23

Governor’s Statewide Deer/Elk Combination
Rocky Mt Elk Foundation, National Chapter
Las Vegas, March 1

Statewide Elk
Oregon Hunters Association, Tualatin Valley Chapter
Hillsboro, March 9

Statewide Deer
Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Oregon Chapter
Hillsboro, April 20

Statewide Deer
Oregon Hunters Association, State Chapter
Lincoln City, May 18

2013 Raffle Sales

Total Statewide Combination Deer and Elk raffle ticket sales: $27,353
Winner: Steven Hess, Aurora

Total Deer raffle ticket sales: $45,487
Statewide Deer: Richard Bernards, Sheridan
SE Oregon Deer: Michael Jahnke, Medford
Central Oregon Deer: Michael Bales, Aumsville
NE Oregon Deer: Russell Bingaman, Imbler

Total Elk raffle ticket sales: $39,288
Statewide Elk: Scott Bertsch, Hillsboro
NE Oregon Elk: Scott Proctor, Beaverton
Central-SE Elk: Phil Rengler, The Dalles
Western Oregon Elk: Kirk MacDonald, Greenville

Total Rocky Mountain goat raffle ticket sales: $11,616
Winner: Mike Schaffeld, Vale

Total Pronghorn antelope raffle ticket sales: $11,725
Winner: Matthew McGanty, McMinnville

Total Bighorn sheep raffle ticket sales: $30,133
Winner: Vern Swaren, Fort Nelson, BC


Michelle Dennehy
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tel. (503) 947-6022

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