SALEM-Some people spend thousands of dollars for the chance to hunt a trophy animal anywhere they want in Oregon, but it could cost you less than 5 bucks.
Raffle tickets for one of 12 Oregon special big game hunts are on sale online, at license agents or by mail order/fax, through May 5.
Winners get to hunt a long season over a large area or even statewide, a privilege for which people often pay thousands of dollars.
Raffle tickets start at just $4.50 for a deer hunt, $6.50 for elk, or $11.50 per ticket for a combination deer/elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn or Rocky Mountain goat. Save on the per-ticket cost by purchasing multiple ticket packages (for example, 100 deer tickets for $101.50).
ODFW will raffle off the following 12 hunts at the Oregon Hunters Association State Convention, Saturday, May 17 at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville: Governor's Statewide Deer/Elk Combo, Statewide Deer, Southeast Oregon Deer, Central Oregon Deer, Northeast Oregon Deer, Statewide Elk, Northeast Oregon Elk, Central/Southeast Elk, Western Oregon Elk, Rocky Mountain Goat, Pronghorn Antelope and Bighorn Sheep.
Raffle ticket buyers do not need to be present at the OHA Convention to win.
Raffle tickets will also be sold at the convention on May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The raffle tickets can be given as gifts by filling out the name of the gift recipient. Raffle tags are also an additional hunt opportunity for anyone that wins, meaning winners can still hunt on a tag drawn in the controlled process or general season tags.
Each ticket must be filled out to indicate the tag recipient and hunt choice. This can be done during the sale or handwritten on the ticket. Buyers or ticket recipients are responsible for mailing the ticket to ODFW Raffles, P.O. Box 3307, Salem, OR 97302, so that tickets are received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Completed tickets can also be hand-delivered to the OHA Convention between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 17.
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets benefit hunting access, habitat improvement and wildlife research projects in Oregon.
Visit OregonRaffleHunts.com for more information or see pages 21-23 of the Oregon Big Game Regulations.