The Arizona Game and Fish Department frequently receives questions from constituents asking, “What is the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle?”
The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity that conducts a special raffle each year to raise money for wildlife conservation efforts. A volunteer board of directors made up of representatives from sponsoring organizations oversees the operation of the raffle.
Here’s how the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle works. Each year the Arizona Game and Fish Commission sets aside one tag for each of 10 big game species—bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, antelope, buffalo, turkey, bear, javelina and mountain lion—for the purpose of being offered through the Super Raffle. People buy tickets for a chance to win one or more of the tags. Ticket prices range from $5 to $25 each, depending on species. Winners will be able to hunt for 365 days almost anywhere in the state of Arizona during the 2012-13 hunting season.
Every dollar raised for each species by the raffle is returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and managed by the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee (AHPC) for that particular species. With input from local habitat partners across the state, as well as the input from the organizations involved with the fundraising, they collectively determine which projects will provide the most benefit to each species.
For more information about the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle, visit www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com.
For more information about how the dollars raised from this raffle and the other commission-issued special big game tags are benefiting Arizona's wildlife and habitat, visit the Habitat Partnership Committee section of the department’s website.