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Arizona Raffle Tag Results Up $63,000 From Last Year

July 27, 2009.

The 2009 Arizona Big Game Super Raffle held its fourth annual drawing July 18th at the Arizona Game and Fish headquarters in Phoenix.  This year's raffle brought in a total of $541,795 for the ten big game tags awarded to the AZBGSR by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. 

This year's Swarovski Optics Raffle raised a record $49,670.  The Optics Raffle proceeds are extremely important, since they provide the revenue needed to cover the expenses of conducting the annual raffle.  100% of the tag funds are given to the Arizona Game and Fish Department following the raffle, and they are used to fund numerous wildlife projects throughout the state of Arizona.

The 2009 tag results exceeded last year's total by nearly $63,000, despite the challenges of the struggling economy. 

One additional outcome noticed this year was that seven of the eleven lucky winners were non-residents. 

2009 Raffle Winners: 

Antelope - Rodney B. Everhart, Hustontown, Pennsylvania
Bear - Paul P. Pier, Vail, Az
Buffalo - Cecil Davis Jr., Tucson, Az. 
Coues Deer - Greg D. Diehl, Peoria, Az.
Desert Bighorn Sheep - Claude G. Sanchez Jr., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Elk - Michael Schnable, Edgewater, Maryland
Javelina - David Nygaard, Astoria, Oregon
Mountain Lion - Dan Bix, Flagstaff, Az.
Mule Deer - Robin Hansen Jr. - Saint George, Utah
Turkey - Bruce A. Carlson, Celebration, Florida
Swarovski Optics - Brett Fuller, Sunnyvale, CA

2009 Tag Breakdown by Species:

Antelope $40,000
Elk $135,225
Bear    $5,630
Javelina $6,200
Buffalo   $32,440
Mountain Lion    $4,405
Coues Deer     $28,670 
Mule Deer     $145,220
Desert Bighorn Sheep   $134,750
Turkey   $9,255

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