The Idaho Fish and Game Commission released two 2017 bighorn sheep tags, one for lottery and one for auction, at its meeting in Jerome, Thursday, July 7.
The lottery tag was awarded to Idaho Wild Sheep and the auction tag was awarded to the Wild Sheep Foundation. Both organizations have a long track record of conservation projects and contributions to benefit bighorn sheep in Idaho. The two groups will market the 2017 tags as fund raisers with proceeds going to benefit Idaho Department of Fish and Game's bighorn sheep research and management.
Information on ticket sales for the 2017 bighorn lottery tag will be available at http://www.idahowildsheep.org. The lottery drawing for the 2016 tag will be held on July 27.
Since releasing the first auction tag in 1988, Fish and Game has received over $1.9 million for bighorn research, a field of research in which Idaho has been a leader. The lottery tag, first released in 1992, has raised over $1.1 million to support solving problems between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep, and funding research to speed recovery of bighorn sheep populations limited by pneumonia.
The groups auction the tag and selling lottery tickets keep only enough of the proceeds to cover their expenses - or no more than five percent of the money raised by the auction and no more than 25 percent raised by the lottery.