Cheyenne – The Super Tag Raffle has raised more than $3.7 million for big game management and wildlife conservation in Wyoming. Since it was established by the Wyoming Legislature in 2014, it’s been a boost to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department fund that supports wildlife conservation projects.
“Maintaining Wyoming’s world-class hunting is not getting any easier or less expensive. Current challenges facing wildlife managers, such as new wildlife diseases, invasive species, migration corridors and others were not major concerns a generation ago,” said Scott Smith, Game and Fish deputy director. “Additionally, the work of Game and Fish has expanded beyond managing game species to include species that are not hunted or fished as both habitat threats and Endangered Species Act listing petitions have increased.”
As management demands grow, increasing and diversifying funding sources for Game and Fish is important to ensure abundant wildlife and hunting and fishing opportunities continue to be a part of Wyoming’s future. The Super Tag Raffle was created with the intent of generating additional revenue for the department as well as providing new hunting opportunities.
Revenue from the Super Tag goes to the department’s budget and supports a range of programs including those addressing the department’s most pressing issues, such as the Wyoming mule deer initiative, hunter safety, law enforcement and chronic wasting disease.
The popularity of the Super Tag has grown annually with 2018 beating all previous records. Last year, 14,590 people invested in conservation by buying 70,145 Super Tag raffle tickets generating $913,550 in revenue. For comparison, the Montana and Arizona license raffles, both established in 2006 and offering a similar array of species as Wyoming, made $298,835 and $690,000 in 2018 respectively.
The Super Tag Raffle includes 10 license drawings, one drawing