OPINION: Montana BHA raffle raises the bar, sets record amount for mule deer conservation

The opportunity to hunt shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. So why should Montana’s special, statewide tags be any different?

This was our pitch to the Fish & Wildlife Commission last summer. We argued there was a better, more equitable way than auctions to raise funds for conservation efforts: a raffle.

Montana offers five highly prized statewide tags: bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goat, mule deer, and Shiras moose. They’re valid for any open season, any legal weapon, and anywhere in the state, including limited-entry districts. Proceeds go back to FWP for the ‘substantial benefit’ of that specific species. Historically, these had always been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Montana Backcountry Hunters & Anglers argued for a more equitable allocation of the resource and convinced the Commission to let us try something different.

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