CHEYENNE – Imagine having the opportunity to select any license, for any big game, trophy game or wild bison, for any hunt area in Wyoming for 2014. A few lucky winners of the inaugural Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles will have such an opportunity.
As one method to address recent budget cuts by increasing license revenue, on Jan. 2, 2014, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will begin selling tickets for two raffles: the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta.
“The Super Tag raffle will provide a chance for hunters to win one of 10 tags for our most popular big game and trophy game species as well as wild bison,” said Alan Dubberley, WGFD spokesman. “The Super Tag Trifecta ramps it up a notch by providing one winner the opportunity to select tags for three of the 10 species.”
The species include elk, deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, black bear, gray wolf, mountain goat, mountain lion and wild bison.
“There is the potential for 11 different winners, but it is possible for an individual to win more than one of the drawings,” said Dubberley. “The number of entries is unlimited. Obviously the more tickets you purchase, your odds of winning increase.”
Tickets go on sale Jan. 2, 2014 and can be purchased through May 1, 2014. Super Tag raffle tickets are $10 each and Super Tag Trifecta tickets are $30 each. Income raised will go toward the department’s general operations.
Winners can hunt any open hunt areas for the species they win except moose and big horn sheep for which minimal limitations will be imposed to protect herds in specific hunt area with low quotas. The winner of the moose super tag will be able to select any moose area as long as there are more than 10 licenses. For bighorn sheep, the hunter may select areas where more than eight licenses are available.
“Anyone can win,” Dubberley said, “Resident, non-resident, it is open to everyone.”
Two unique rules in the raffle include: successful raffle winners who have preference points will retain them and mandatory waiting periods will be waived.
“In other words, the winners don’t have to give up the preference points they have collected over the years to own the license,” Dubberley stated. “And, if they draw a coveted tag that usually requires a waiting period before they can apply again, that waiting period will be waived and they can enter the draw the very next year.”
Winners of the raffle, after purchasing the appropriate license, will be able to hunt in any open hunt area for the species they win. Hunters must still follow all dates, regulations and applicable laws for each hunt area and species they are hunting.