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Game and Fish’s Super Tag raffle raises record $1.4 million for conservation

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Super Tag raffle raised a record-breaking $1.4 million dollars for conservation in 2021, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Thursday.

Created by Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature in 2013, the Super Tag raffle holds license drawings for ten big game species while raising funds for big game management and wildlife conservation. Those efforts address topics like the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, chronic wasting disease, reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions, “and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”

Since its inception, it has raised more than $7.6 million, Game and Fish said. This year, 111,606 tickets were sold, nearly a 9% increase from last year.

“Thank you, hunters, for the ongoing and enthusiastic support for Wyoming’s wildlife,” said Glenn Pauley, who coordinates the Super Tag raffle for Game and Fish.

This fall, hunters will pursue bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, bison, deer, pronghorn, black bear, gray wolf and mountain lion or a combination of three species of their choice with the Trifecta. A 12th winner was awarded a gear package with top-of-the-line hunting equipment and apparel. The 2021 winners, determined through a random draw, are:

  • Super Tag Trifecta: Wyatt Phillips, California
  • Pronghorn: Billy Luke, Texas
  • Deer: Michael Hansen, Utah
  • Elk: Augustine Gallo, California
  • Bighorn sheep: David Marko, Kansas
  • Black bear: Tyrel Faber, Colorado
  • Gray wolf: Caleb Masters, Texas
  • Moose: Adam Flod, Pennsylvania
  • Mountain goat: Mark Maki, North Dakota
  • Mountain lion: Kevin Ciavarra, California
  • Wild bison: Hayes Mire, Louisiana 
  • Ultimate Gear Package: Cody Arbuckle, California

The Super Tag Trifecta, pronghorn, elk and black bear hunters only purchased one ticket each to win. 

Winning the Super Tag allows hunters to choose any open hunt area in the state, with some limitations depending on license availability for moose, sheep and bison. Furthermore, lifetime limits do not apply and hunters keep their preference points

Thirteen outdoor companies — Gunwerks, First Lite, goHUNT, Weatherby, Swarovski Optik, Worldwide Trophy Adventures, Maven, HuntWise, Mathews Archery, Prime Archery, Stone Glacier, Meindl USA and Sig Sauer — donated $32,301 worth of gear to support the Super Tag. Donated gear provided incentives for hunters to purchase tickets in monthly raffles and the Ultimate Gear Package raffle.

Tickets for the 2022 Super Tag raffle are on sale from now until July 1, 2022.

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