The Wyoming Super Tag Raffle is producing big-time results for big-game animals.
Since the Wyoming Game and Fish Department introduced the Super Tag Raffle back in 2014, its funding for big-game conservation and wildlife management has experienced a huge jump.
According to a WGFD press release, the raffle has raised more than $3.7 million in its five-year run. In the last year alone, roughly 15,000 hunters collectively bought more than 70,000 super tags, which brought in $913,000 in revenue.
"Maintaining Wyoming's world-class hunting is not getting any easier or less expensive," WGFD Deputy Director Scott Smith said. "Current challenges facing wildlife managers, such as new wildlife diseases, invasive species, migration corridors and others were not major concerns a generation ago.
"Additionally, the work of Game and Fish has expanded beyond managing species to include species that are not hunted or fished as both habitat threats and Endangered Species Act listing petitions have increased."
All the revenue the raffle generates goes toward some of the state's more prominent concerns, like chronic wasting disease, hunter safety, law enforcement and the Wyoming mule deer initiative.
The raffle features a total of 10 hunting license drawings, which includes a tag for bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goat, moose, deer, wild bison, antelope, mountain lion, grey wolf and black bear. Hunters can also put in for the Super Tag Trifecta, which allows winners to choose three of their choice.
There are, however, restrictions on moose, wild bison and bighorn sheep in regards to where you can hunt, as WGFD gives out 10 or fewer licenses for each. But raffle winners can pursue any of the other game species in any open area.
The Super Tag Raffle tickets are $10 each and the Super Tag Trifecta tickets are $30.
"I bought a Super Tag ticket more as a donation because I wanted to support the work of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, never expecting to actually win," said Ben Howard, who won a moose tag last year. "My hunt was unforgettable and I am glad that all Wyoming hunters have a chance at a similar hunting experience. Had I not won the moose tag, I still would have won by supporting the greater cause."
Tickets will be on sale until July 1, 2019.