600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
July 28, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408
Special big game hunting raffle set for August 1
OLYMPIA -- A raffle for special permits to hunt deer, elk, bighorn sheep and
moose will be held Aug. 1 at the old Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
headquarters, 600 Capitol Way N.
Hunters will have a last opportunity to purchase raffle tickets prior to the 1 p.m.
drawing. Tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. Friday until the raffle. Tickets are $5 each for
deer, elk and moose hunting and $10 for bighorn sheep.
The raffle was approved by the Legislature to provide additional funds for
species management programs. Since raffle tickets went on sale in March, more than
$65,000 has been raised. As of last Friday the number of tickets sold totaled 2,799 for
deer; 4,946 for elk; 2,459 for moose, and 1,411 for bighorn sheep.
The raffle permits will allow statewide hunting for deer and elk in any WDFW
game management units except Private Lands Management Areas and GMU 157 (Mill
Creek Watershed) and 485 (Green River). The raffle permit winner may hunt with
archery equipment, muzzleloaders or modern firearms, during the respective seasons.
"This raffle offers the hunting opportunity of a lifetime," said WDFW Deer and
Elk Program Manager Rolf Johnson. "The real bonus is that the raffle hunter may hunt
in all special permit units."
The moose raffle permit winner may hunt in any moose unit during the entire
season from Oct. 12 to Nov. 30.
The bighorn sheep raffle permit winner may hunt in sheep units 4 (Selah Creek),
5 (Umtanum), 7 (Clemon Mountain) or 12 (Lincoln Cliffs) beginning Sept. 1, two weeks
earlier than the general hunting season.