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    $5 raffle ticket for chance at rare Gould’s turkey hunt

    $5 raffle ticket for chance at rare Gould’s turkey hunt

    The Arizona State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting a raffle for a chance at a 2008 Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s special turkey hunt permit-tag. The winner can hunt either the Merriam’s or the Gould’s turkey from Aug. 15, 2008 – Aug. 14, 2009 as regulated by commission order 29.

    Representatives from NWTF will be on-hand selling raffle tickets this Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, Cabela’s in Glendale, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Phoenix and the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Mesa. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased with cash only.

    Monies raised are returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be used for the direct management and benefit for wild turkeys in Arizona.

    “We really appreciate the NWTF for hosting this fundraising event,” says Brian Wakeling, big game management supervisor. “The revenue generated allows the department to conduct projects that directly benefit turkeys. The Gould’s turkey reintroduction is a perfect example. Once eradicated from Arizona, we now enjoy a healthy and growing population of this incredible subspecies.”

    There will be a public drawing for the winning ticket Aug. 4 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop regional office at 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd. The time is yet to be determined. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    Additional contacts for getting raffle tickets are Rich Williams (602) 881-6815 (Phoenix), Craig Kennedy (602) 531-6263 (Mesa), Anthony Chavez (623) 877-7246 or krisgchavez@yahoo.com (Phoenix AZGFD), John Millican j2dbmill@msn.com (Sierra Vista), or John Larsen (928) 537-9848 or jlarsennwtf@yahoo.com (Pinetop area).

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission may award up to three special tags for each big game species to qualifying nonprofit conservation organizations per A.R.S. § 17-346 and R12-4-120. Proceeds from the sale of these tags are used for wildlife management and conservation of the species of each particular tag sold.

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