Wyoming hunts $1.6 million raffle nets for conservation

A record round of Wyoming Super Tag raffle sales raised $1.6 million for conservation in the state, officials said this week.

More than 124,000 tickets have been sold to hunters vying for 11 chances to license the state’s trophy hunting game, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) said. Ticket sales mark an increase of almost 1.5% compared to 2021.

“Thank you, hunters, for the continued and enthusiastic support of Wyoming wildlife,” said WGFD Director Brian Nesvik. noted in a report. “Revenues from Super Tag go to support Game and Fish programs that address Wyoming’s top wildlife issues – like funding Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative projects, managing chronic wasting diseases, reducing collisions between wildlife and vehicles and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”

Revenue from hunting licenses and fees, as well as revenue from the excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment, pays for the wildlife conservation efforts of the State.

“Without this significant funding, wildlife habitat and wildlife populations suffer,” the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) states on its website.

The Wyoming legislature and government at the time. Matt Mead created the Super Tag program in 2013, which has since raised more than $9.2 million for conservation efforts.

“It’s truly remarkable to see the growth of this program—all thanks to hunters who truly believe in this z-work—and we’re grateful for that support,” said Sara DiRienzo, WGFD’s public information manager.

The program’s gains are “particularly impressive given the new deadline” which halted sales at just seven months, compared to an average of 12. The new annual deadline for Super Tag sales is January 31.

This fall, fall hunters will pursue things like moose, elk, wild bison, and black bear, or a combination of three species of their choosing with the Super Tag trifecta.

“Hunters who earn a Super Tag generally report having unforgettable and unique experiences,” DiRienzo said. “The opportunity to hold one of these licenses is a great opportunity to explore Wyoming and make memories outdoors.”