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Big game auctions, raffles gross record $717,465 for wildlife and hunter access

May 21, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW’s 2015 auctions and raffles for Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $717,465, of which $413,987 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $254,578 to big game research and management.

The auction of 12 special big game tags grossed $489,000 including $160,000 for a bighorn sheep tag, breaking the previous record of $155,000 set for a sheep tag in 2014. The Governor’s combination deer/elk tag also broke the previous record by $20,000, selling for $68,000 this year.

The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at fund raising banquets of their organizations in the past few months will keep 10 percent of the auction proceeds ($48,900). Those groups include local, state and/or national chapters of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.

Raffle winners were drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention on May 16, 2015 in Lincoln City. A total of 86,721 raffle tickets were sold, grossing $228,465.

2015 Raffle Winners
Statewide Combination Deer and Elk: Taylor Albertson, Lakeview
Statewide Deer: Eric Sabo, Longview, Wash.
SE Oregon Deer: Brent Barton, Hermiston
Central Oregon Deer: Michael Owens, Eugene
NE Oregon Deer: Russell Bingaman, Imbler
Statewide Elk: Jamie Jackson, Klamath Falls
NE Oregon Elk: Nicholas Best, Boring
Central-SE Elk: Dale Dietzel, Gates
Western Oregon Elk: Michael Jahnke, Medford
Rocky Mountain goat: Douglas Stanley, Coalinga, Calif.
Pronghorn antelope: Larry Messa, Pleasanton, Calif.
Bighorn sheep: Steven Berg, Clatskanie

Proceeds from the raffle and auction of deer and elk tags will go to the Access and Habitat Program to fund hunter access to private lands and wildlife habitat improvement projects in the state. Proceeds from the pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat raffles and auctions fund the research and management of these species, including ODFW’s bighorn sheep and goat transplants which are putting these species back into their native habitat 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 www.OregonRaffleHunts.com.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy
Tel. (503) 947-6022
Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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