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Fish and Wildlife Encourages Nonprofits to Apply For Fundraising Hunting Tags

Bighorn sheep [Picture provided by CDFW]

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to support wildlife research, habitat and management by auctioning off limited big game hunting tags for the 2022-23 season.

Proceeds from the sale of these tags are returned to CDFW to fund projects that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. Last year’s auctions raised more than $400,000 for the research and management of wildlife species. Past projects funded by the sale of these and other hunting tags have included crucial habitat conservation, post-wildfire forest restoration, wildlife population studies and the installation of manmade watering devices or guzzlers to support wildlife during drought conditions.

For the 2022-23 hunting season, there will be 10 deer tags, three elk tags, two pronghorn antelope tags and three desert bighorn sheep tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to sell. Nonprofit organizations compete through an application process for a chance to auction these special tags, which can only be purchased through these auctions. The application process is designed to ensure maximum proceeds are received from the tags. Applications are due by 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 12.

Fundraising tag applications, along with related materials, are available for download at the CDFW website.

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  1. WHAT a ripoff. to have the state gouge you for what should be free after you buy the outrageous HUNTING license!

    • Yes CA hunting license is more expensive, just like everything else in CA. You still need to buy tags in every state I’ve ever lived in addition to your license.

      This article is about specifically allowing nonprofits to raffle or auction tags. Wouldn’t it be great if you won an elk tag for $1 and helped raise money for your nonprofit? I think it’s great and I’m going to see if there’s interest among the nonprofit I volunteer for in this. Just my $.02…

    • Lets just say you lost your job, an you have mouths to feed at home, beef is 5 to 7 bucks a lb. and you where looking to put sum meat away,.hunting is subsistance to help folks along. not so expensive that even a working man cant afford it. thats why people poach, thank god the poaching fine is less than tags an license, an trip.plus fuel an lodging. if its deer your hunting you never get a 100 lbs of meat around here, so figure that out per lb. Maybe you will change your mind.

  2. I like yours better more game on it, no license either. makes the meat sweeter, like gypsy chicken it has to be stolen for the real flavor. what you win will cost you plenty, not a working mans sport. i am truly suprised that a non profit would do this. but anything to make a buck i guess.

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