SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) has announced that in 2008 there were 175 State Auction and Raffle Hunting Tags sold for a record $1.66 million. The tags, sold at MDF’s National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at several local banquet events, are highly prized by big game hunters throughout North America. No other conservation organization has matched MDF’s record in dollars or diversity of tags sold in 2008 or 2007, when 179 tags sold for $1.5 million.
MDF, in partnership with nine different State wildlife agencies and the Navajo Nation, sells big game hunting tags to provide much needed funds for the management of mule deer, black-tailed deer, elk, bison, antelope, turkey and other game species. Over 90 percent of the money either goes back to the state wildlife agency for management programs or is spent on habitat projects. In 2007, MDF was able to raise $250,000 for the State of Utah to help rehabilitate the devastating wild fires of 2007.
Highlights in 2008 included the sale of a Utah Statewide Mule Deer Tag for an all-time high of $187,500. Arizona’s Statewide Mule Deer Tag sold for $120,000. New this year was New Mexico’s Big Game Enhancement Package which sold for $145,000 and included five hunting tags which consisted of a mule deer, elk, oryx, antelope and ibex. The California Golden Opportunity Grizzly Island Tule Elk Tag sold for an all time record of $60,000.Beginning in November of 2008, MDF will once again be selling the 2009 Auction and Raffle Tags at our fundraising events. If you are interested in bidding on a tag or buying a raffle ticket, log on to www.muledeer.org for event dates and locations. The Web site is updated frequently so keep checking for a fundraising event near you. Many of the higher valued tags are sold at MDF’s National Convention which will be held in conjunction with the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-8, 2009. The theme for the National Convention in 2009 will be “Share the Tradition.”
About MDF (www.muledeer.org )
The Mule Deer Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization, with over 12,000 members. MDF’s mission is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitats. MDF is dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer habitat (including land and easement acquisitions) resulting in self-sustaining,