Super Tag Raffle Raises $1 Million
Kevin T. Kelleher, 2018 Wyoming Super Tag Mountain Goat winner, shares his hunt story. (Photo courtesy of Wyoming Game and Fish Department)
Two Wyomingites were among the winners of the 2019 Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s (WGFD) Super Tag Raffle that were announced Monday.
Paul Dona won the drawing for Bighorn sheep, and Randy Higgins won for wild bison. The Super Tag allows hunters to choose any open hunt area in the state, with some restrictions depending on availability, for moose, sheep, and bison. Lifetime limits do not apply to the Super Tag and hunters get to keep their preference points.
This year, Super Tag raffle ticket sales were up 20 percent for a total of 87,112 tickets sold.
“Funds generated from Super Tag sales are a win-win for hunters and wildlife. Super Tag sales contribute to the Game and Fish general fund that helps pay for projects like the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, big game migration corridor designations, and chronic wasting disease monitoring,” said Glenn Pauley, who coordinates the Super Tag raffle for WGFD. “Thank you, hunters, for supporting Wyoming’s wildlife.”
This year’s drawing raised $1.1 million for wildlife conservation.
The program was created in 2013 by former Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming State Legislature. Collectively, the Super Tag raffle has generated more than $4.8 million.
Each year, 12 winners are drawn for 11 hunt experiences. The 12th winner wins a gear package of hunting equipment.
2019 Super Tag Winners:
- Super Tag Trifecta – Eric Nesheim of South Dakota
- Pronghorn – Mark Minzlaff of Oregon
- Deer – George Wulff of California
- Elk – Ayden Fatherree of Louisiana
- Bighorn sheep – Paul Dona of Wyoming
- Black bear – Justin Downes of South Dakota
- Gray wolf – John Blevins of Texas
- Moose – Mark Gunnufson of Minnesota
- Mountain goat – Jeffrey Joy of Texas
- Wild bison – Randy Higgins of Wyoming
- Ultimate gear package – Richard Carpenter of California
Tickets for the 2020 Super Tag went on sale today. Super Tag Tickets are $10 each, Super Tag Trifecta tickets are $30 each and all must be purchased through the online electronic license system.
The raffle is open to both residents and non-residents. Winners must purchase applicable license and stamps before hunting in the 2019 season.