Hunting raffle to raise money, offer special hunts

Hunters have until Monday to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win special and extended hunts for several of Oregon's big-game animals.

The tickets, for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's annual fundraiser, offer the chance to win special extended-season hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat.

Tickets can be purchased at any ODFW field office, Point of Sale computer-licensing agents or online at

Winners will be drawn at 7:15 p.m. May 16 during the Oregon Hunters Association's state convention at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde. Tickets also will be on sale until 6:30 p.m. at the convention.

Tickets can be used by purchasers or given as presents.

Several of the raffle hunts are offered through the state Access and Habitat Program. They include the Governor's statewide combination deer and elk hunt, statewide deer, Southeast Oregon deer, Central Oregon deer, Northeast Oregon deer, statewide elk, Northeast Oregon elk, Central/Southeast Oregon elk and Western Oregon elk.

Deer and elk raffle hunt winners will be able to hunt an extended season from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 in any wildlife-management unit that sports a hunt for that species.

Money raised from the deer and elk hunt raffles goes to the Access and Habitat program, which provides grants to fund habitat-improvement and hunter-access projects on private land.

The bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and Rocky Mountain goat raffles also offer extended hunting seasons. Proceeds go to research and projects that benefit those species in Oregon.

Ticket prices vary, depending upon the number purchased.

Youth fishing event Saturday

Kids will be helping kids learn to fish Saturday in Grants Pass during an annual event at Reinhart Pond meant to help lure youngsters into angling.

Crater Bass Club members will join ODFW staff in providing free fishing gear and instruction to young anglers fishing between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the pond at Reinhart Volunteer Park off Lincoln Road in Grants Pass.

The event is part of a series of Youth Angling Enhancement Program days throughout Oregon.

To spice up the fishery, the ODFW will stock 600 legal-sized fish there Friday. ODFW biologist Jay Doino says he hopes adults will respect the intent of the program and steer clear of the pond until after the event.

"These fish are planted for the kids," Doino says. "So we ask the adults to lay off them and give the kids a shot at these trout."

Kids 13 years old and younger can fish for free, while those 14 to 17 years old need a juvenile angling license.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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