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September 16, 2011 > Non-profit groups raise funds with California hunting tags

Non-profit groups raise funds with California hunting tags

Submitted By Victoria Barr

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites non-profit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2012-13 season. These tags will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California.

Only 13 of these special fund-raising tags are reserved for 501(c)(3) non-profit groups which compete for a chance to auction them. Hunters can only buy them through such auctions. The possibility of winning such a rare prize generates a great deal of interest and attracts bidders to the groups' fund-raising events to enable them to raise more money for their organizations.

A call for applications and all required application forms are on the DFG website at http://tinyurl.com/6895unq. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011.

Fish and Game Code section 4334 requires the proceeds from the sale of these prized tags to be returned to DFG to fund programs that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. In last year's auctions, tags for hunting three bighorn sheep, two pronghorn antelope, two elk and eight deer raised more than $402,000 for the research and management of these native wildlife species.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified.

Representatives of non-profit groups without Internet access may request a printed application package by calling the DFG Wildlife Branch at (916) 445-4034, sending a fax to (916) 445-4048, or writing to Ms. Victoria Barr, DFG Wildlife Branch, 1812 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

For more information about the California Department of Fish and Game, visit www.dfg.ca.gov

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