Every year, hundreds of Idaho hunters apply early for controlled hunt tags in hopes of winning one of two drawings for cash prizes. The prizes of $550 and $450 are offered by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation to encourage hunters to apply early.
This year's winner of the first drawing for $550 didn't buy a new rifle or book a guided hunting trip with his winnings. He gave it back. When IFWF executive director Gayle Valentine called Greg Champion to tell him he had won, he thought about the great hunting trip he could fund with his winnings. As he was talking to Gayle about the work IFWF does for Idaho wildlife he decided to split the pot with the foundation to help with some of that work. After he hung up the phone his generous spirit swelled.
"After I hung up I thought about my good fortune and all that Idaho has provided to me over the years and thought it would only be right to give it all back" Champion said.
Champion, who lives in Carefree, Arizona said he has been enjoying the outdoor opportunities available in Idaho for more than thirty years. He was in junior high school the first time he came to the Gem State, and plans to continue the tradition with or without the extra cash.
"I plan to bring both of my sons to Idaho in the next few years and hope that this gift will help to insure some great memories and a family tradition."