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Big game raffles, auctions gross more than $568,000
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May 25, 2011

SALEM, Ore. — The 2011 auctions and raffles for big game hunting tags grossed $568,449, of which $298,644 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $231,929 to big game research and management. 

The auction of 11 special big game tags grossed $378,750 including $130,000 for a bighorn sheep tag, matching a previous record amount set for that tag in 2005.

Raffle winners were drawn at the Oregon Hunters Association convention on May 21, 2011 in Lincoln City. A total of 60,693 raffle tickets were sold grossing $189,698, including $68,057 in sales for a bighorn sheep tag.

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 ($37,875). Those groups include state and/or national chapters of the Mule Deer Foundation, Safari Club International, Wild Sheep Foundation, Unlimited Pheasants, Rocky Mt Elk Foundation, and the Oregon Hunters Association. 

Proceeds from the 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. 

2011 Auction proceeds, 10 percent of which goes to sponsoring organization

Statewide Deer
Mule Deer Foundation
Salt Lake City, Feb. 4

Statewide Deer
Safari Club International, Santiam River Chapter
Linn County Fair and Expo, Albany, Feb. 5

Bighorn Sheep
Wild Sheep Foundation
Reno Sports Convention Center, Reno, Feb. 9-12

Pronghorn Antelope
Wild Sheep Foundation, Eastern Chapter
Feb. 17-19, Baltimore Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD

Statewide Elk
Unlimited Pheasants
Klamath County Fairgrounds, Klamath Falls, Feb. 17-19

Governor’s Statewide Deer/Elk Combination
Rocky Mt Elk Foundation, National Chapter
Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, March 4

Statewide Elk
Wild Sheep Foundation, Midwest Chapter
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, Minnetonka, MN, March 5

Statewide Deer
Safari Club International, SW Washington Chapter
Hilton Convention Center, Vancouver, WA, March 19

Statewide Elk
Rocky Mt Elk Foundation, Bend Chapter
Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Bend, April 9

Statewide Elk
Oregon Hunters Association, Tioga Chapter
The Mill Casino, Coos Bay, April 9

Statewide Deer
Oregon Hunters Association, State Chapter
Chinook Winds Hotel and Casino, Lincoln City, May 21

2011 Raffle Sales

Statewide Combination Deer and Elk
Total raffle ticket sales: $23,493
Winner: Alfredo Julian, Vancouver, Wash.

Total raffle ticket sales: $30,840
Statewide Deer: Andrew Niemi, St Helens
SE Oregon Deer: Raymond Wurdinger, Dayton
Central Oregon Deer: Michael Sheets, Redmond
NE Oregon Deer: Russell Bingaman, Imbler

Total raffle ticket sales: $34,837
Statewide Elk: Brian McDowell, Mill City
NE Oregon Elk: Chad Thompson, Elgin
SE-Central Elk: Edie Banducci, Umpqua
Western Oregon Elk: Raymond Wurdinger, Dayton

Rocky Mountain goat
Total raffle ticket sales: $18,646
Winner: Samuel Garroutte, Aptos, Calif.

Pronghorn antelope
Total raffle ticket sales: $13,826
Winner: Kenneth Kruse, Fort Rock

Bighorn sheep
Total raffle ticket sales: $68,057
Winner: Gerald Warnock, Portland



Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022
Fax: (503) 947-6009

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