August 27, 2007
Contact: Wildlife Program, (360) 902-2515
Winners drawn in hunting permit raffle
that supports big-game management
OLYMPIA – Nine winners have been drawn in a special hunting permit raffle that raised $142,400 to support big-game management in Washington state.
Permits for deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and moose will be awarded to hunters who purchased winning tickets for each species in the annual raffle sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Another hunter, Bill Shields of Yakima, already received a special permit to hunt Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep after his ticket was drawn in a separate raffle conducted earlier this month. That raffle, sponsored by the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, raised $101,880 for WDFW’s Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep management efforts.
“These raffles provide the lucky winners with some very special hunting opportunities, while also supporting important research and management activities for our state’s big-game populations,” said Dave Brittell, assistant director for WDFW’s wildlife program. “We wish the raffle winners well during the upcoming season.”
Winners of the multi-species raffle, verified by WDFW officials and a representative of the hunting community, include:
- Steven Guthrie of Raymond, one additional buck in Western Washington.
- Daniel Cimoch of Sedro-Woolley, one additional buck in Eastern Washington.
- Laura Schmidt of Concrete, one additional bull elk in Western Washington.
- Bradley Crocco of Buckley, one additional bull elk in Eastern Washington.
- Justin Goff of Bothell, permit to take one California bighorn ram.
- Ashton Wolfe of Snohomish, permit to take one moose of either sex.
- Christopher Wilson of Spokane, permit to take one moose of either sex.
- Ernest Myers of Kennewick, permit to take one mountain goat of either sex.
- Mark Cooper of Sparks, Nev., permit to take one mountain goat of either sex.
Winning ticket numbers are posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/cgi-bin/shp_tmp/raffle_internet.cgi. Starting Aug. 28, hunters can check that site to see how they placed in the raffle.
Raffle tickets, sold statewide through Aug. 6 and at last week’s drawing, cost $4.93 each for deer, elk, and moose, and $10.40 each for bighorn sheep. The money raised from the raffle goes to management activities for those species.