Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) announced the winners of their first Hunt for Habitat raffle.
The Hunt for Habitat raffle is part of Governor Kristi Noem’s Second Century Initiative, which works to ensure the next generation has an opportunity to enjoy South Dakota’s outdoor heritage.
“As South Dakota’s Sportsman in Chief, I’m committed to protecting and enhancing habitat so the next generation can have the same outdoor opportunities we’ve enjoyed for the last 100 years. It is exciting to see folks step up to support habitat through the Hunt for Habitat raffle,” said Governor Noem. “Advancing habitat in South Dakota touches every aspect of life in our state – from the outdoor activities we enjoy to the honey we eat. The funds raised through this raffle will help create and improve hunting opportunities. Thank you to all who participated.”
The raffle offered four prizes:
A Trophy Custer State Park Bison license, which was a separate drawing and open to resident and nonresidents.
Three “triple tag” winners will receive an antelope, deer, and elk license. Nonresidents were eligible to win one of the three “triple tag” prizes.
Winners may use their licenses in either the 2019 or 2020 season. Each winner will also choose the weapon and season in which they will use their tag.
The raffle raised $320,990 to improve habitat in South Dakota to help all animals thrive – that means everything from butterflies and other pollinators to deer, elk, pheasants and everything in between.
The money raised will be used to improve habitat on both public and private lands, along with improving access to public hunting areas across South Dakota.
The Custer Trophy Buffalo tag goes to Sheryl Leland of Mitchell, South Dakota.
The three “triple tag” winners will each receive a tag for an antelope, a deer, and an elk. Those winners are:
Meyers Delaney of Jacksonville, Florida
Travis Haan of Rapid City, South Dakota
Keith Hagen of Mitchell, South Dakota