Chattaroy Man Wins WA Moose Raffle

Harry Williamson of Chattaroy won Washington’s moose tag raffle in Spokane last night, the first ever awarded that way.

His was one of around 1,300 $10 tickets sold for a drawing put on by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council.

He will be able to take a bull or a cow with any legal weapon in any open unit in Region 1, according to INWC executive director Wanda Clifford.

“This was our first time at raffling a moose tag with the game department and quite an experience for us,” she says. “A large part of the profits go back to the WDFW. The rest of the funds go into our projects of big game, upland bird, hunter education and others.”

The group, founded in 1951, commits 20,000 hours of volunteer time annually towards wildlife- and hunting-related projects. Its Big Game Recovery Committee collects freshly road-killed deer, elk and moose to help feed hungry citizens in the region, a program former club president James A. Nelson detailed earlier this year in Northwest Sportsman.

The INWC was one of two groups allowed to raffle off hunts this year. The other, the Washington Chapter of the Foundation for Wild Sheep, had sold 2,524 tickets through the end of June for a chance to hunt a Rocky Mountains ram in the Blues, according to its Web site; typically, an average of 4,300 are sold. Deadline to buy is July 5.

WDFW also raffles off a number of special deer, elk, bighorn, mountain goat, bear, cougar and turkey. Deadline to purchase tickets this year is July 23. In 2009, the department’s drawings raised $224,544.

Moose populations in their Northeast Washington stronghold may not be growing like they once were, but the species has spread into the Blue Mountains, areas of the Palouse, the treed plains west of Spokane, the Okanogan and even a few have been spotted in the Wenatchee-Chelan County area. More than 120 special hunting permits have been available to hunters in recent years.

Clifford hopes INWC can hold a moose-tag raffle next year.

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