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Alberta Fish and Game Association raises over $200,000 via hunting permit raffles

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Prime permits

Big spenders at the Wild Sheep Foundation convention fund Alberta conservation projects

To raise money for provincial conservation projects, the Alberta Fish and Game Association has once again auctioned off three prime hunts, while holding a raffle for three more. The auctions were held in January, when AFGA executive vice-president Martin Sharren led a team to the Wild Sheep Foundation’s annual convention in Reno, Nevada, to promote Alberta’s great hunting. A bighorn ram permit went for US$150,000 at a fundraiser dinner attended by 2,000 people, while licences for one mule deer and one antlered elk fetched US$27,000 and US$21,000, respectively. The permits were made available through the Minister’s Special Licence program, which the AFGA has been managing since 2013.

Meanwhile, raffle tickets went on sale January 11 for another three special licences. Open to Alberta residents only, the draw will be held in early August in time for the 2018 hunting season. In all, 12,500 tickets are being sold for a sheep permit and 2,500 tickets for one mule deer and one antlered elk permit. The licence winners will be able to hunt in any of the province’s wildlife management units that offer a hunt for the relevant species. Plus, the season is extended by one month.

Credit: AFGA. Sheep hunts help fund conservation projects.
Credit: AFGA.
Sheep hunts help fund conservation projects.

Money raised from the auctions and raffles will go toward a variety of conservation initiatives throughout the province, Sharren says. Any conservation organization was eligible to apply for a grant before the January 31 deadline (applications are made available on the AFGA website every fall). Since the initiative began four years ago, almost $1 million in grants have been allocated.

Roughly 80 per cent of the funds have gone directly to on-the-ground conservation projects, from the installation of wildlife-friendly fencing to bighorn sheep surveys to wildlife habitat restoration on ranch land; the balance of the funding goes to educational events and materials. Says Sharren: “It’s money that wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for these auctions and these raffles.”

Learn more about the AFGA’s programs and positions at www.afga.org.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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