Wyoming Super Tag Raises Over $1 Million for Conservation
Written by Andrew-Rossi on February 17, 2022
It’s another record-breaking year for the increasingly popular Wyoming Super Tag raffle, selling over 124,000 tickets and raising nearly $2 million.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s program saw another record-breaking round of ticket sales, bolstered by hunters vying for 11 chances to get a license for the state’s premier big and trophy game.
Created by Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature in 2013, the Super Tag raffle provides hunters opportunities for hunting licenses and raises money for wildlife management in Wyoming. The program has raised more than $9.2 million for top conservation issues since its inception.
This year 124,602 tickets were sold, nearly a 1.5% increase from last year – raising $1.6 million.
The previous Super Tag raffle fundraising high was $1.3 million in 2021.
The gains in the program are particularly impressive given the new deadline that halted sales at just seven months, opposed to the typical 12. The latest annual deadline for Super Tag sales is Jan. 31.
“Thank you, hunters, for the ongoing and enthusiastic support for Wyoming’s wildlife,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “Super Tag revenue goes to support Game and Fish programs that address Wyoming’s top issues for wildlife — like funding Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative projects, chronic wasting disease management, reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”
Two Wyoming hunters are amongst the 11 winners, representing ten different U.S. states.
This fall, hunters will pursue bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, pronghorn, black bear, gray wolf, and mountain lion or a combination of three species of their choice with the Trifecta. The 2022 winners determined through a random draw are:
- Super Tag Trifecta: James Kozisek, Wyoming
- Antelope: Lance Bethke, Idaho
- Deer: Kevin Rembert, Texas
- Elk: Marius Maree, Oklahoma
- Bighorn sheep: Albert Betteridge, Connecticut
- Black bear: Tyler Hanson, Indiana
- Gray wolf: Shane Campbell, Oregon
- Moose: Justin Novinska, Wisconsin
- Mountain goat: Carl D. Phillips, Washington
- Mountain lion: Hannah Lockhard, Arkansas
- Wild bison: Keith Reau, Wyoming