Arizona wildlife wins in Big Game Super Raffle

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July 27th, 2007

Arizona wildlife wins in Big Game Super Raffle
By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

There were several winners at the July 7 drawing of the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle in Flagstaff, and biggest among them was Arizona’s wildlife.

Sportsmen once again stepped up to the plate and raised more than a half-million dollars that will go toward enhancing wildlife and habitat in our state.

The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle is a collaborative effort between several sportsmen’s groups and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department to raise money to benefit this state’s big game species. The commission set aside one tag per big game species this year for the super raffle. Volunteers from the groups organized and staged the raffle. All proceeds raised from raffling each tag will be used to benefit that particular species.

The following proceeds were raised in this year’s raffle:

Species

Number of tickets

Dollars raised

Antelope

2,836

$56,720

Bear

2,216

$11,080

Buffalo

2,183

$43,660

Coues Deer

4,125

$41,250

Sheep

5,175

$129,375

Elk

5,201

$130,025

Turkey

2,007

$20,070

Javelina

2,008

$10,040

Mule Deer

5,755

$115,100

Total

37,144

$557,320

The individual winners of this year’s special hunt tags are:

  • Antelope – Chad Corbin, Sanger, Texas
  • Bear – Mark Stephenson, Peoria, Ariz.
  • Buffalo – Mark German, Encampment, Wyo.
  • Coues Deer – Ramon Lamelas, Downey, Calif.
  • Elk – Clark E. Guy, San Diego, Calif.
  • Javelina – George V. Thrappas, Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Mule Deer – Charles M. Wilmer, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bighorn Sheep – Eric Hunt, Surprise, Ariz.
  • Turkey – Shaun Pfund, Tucson, Ariz.

In addition to the special tags, Swarovski Optics donated an optics package valued at $8,000, and Sportsman’s Warehouse donated a Caribou Hunt Package valued at more than $6,500. Raymond Cool of North Las Vegas, Nev., won the Swarovski package, and Michael Jukich of Phoenix won the caribou hunt.

All the super raffle tags were for special season dates, and each hunt is 365 days, starting Aug. 1, with very few limitations on hunting areas.

Many thanks go to all those who purchased a ticket, the volunteers who administered the raffle, and to the sponsoring organizations who made this vision a reality:

  • Arizona Antelope Foundation
  • Arizona Bowhunters Association
  • Arizona Deer Association
  • Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society
  • Arizona Elk Society
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Arizona Wildlife Federation
  • Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Safari Club International, Arizona Chapter
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Swarovski Optics

For more information, visit www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com.

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