California Hunting Tag Auction Offers Nonprofits Chance To Help Wildlife and Raise Funds

Contact: Victoria Barr, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Media Contact: Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 445-4034

 Annual Event Allows Selected Organizations to Auction Prized Hunting Tags

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is inviting nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2013-14 season. There are only 13 of these special tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to auction at specialized fund-raising events.

The tags are not available for purchase to the general public.

The highest bidders will be allowed to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts more bidders to the nonprofit groups’ fund-raising events.

To participate, nonprofits must complete an application that will be reviewed and ranked by DFG staff members. Applications are available on the DFG website at and must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Fish and Game Code section 4334 requires the proceeds from the sales be returned to DFG to fund programs that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope.

In 2011, auctioned tags for two bighorn sheep, one pronghorn antelope, two elk and eight deer raised more than $303,000 for the research and management of these native wildlife species.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified via e-mail.

Representatives of nonprofit groups without Internet access may request a printed application package by calling the DFG Wildlife Branch at (916) 445-4034, sending a Fax to (916) 445-4048, or writing to:

Ms. Victoria Barr
DFG Wildlife Branch
1812 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA  95811