After the first Super Hunt drawing of 2012, 26 lucky hunters won the hunt of their dreams.
Winners of Super Hunt tags for a deer, elk, pronghorn or moose can take an animal in any open hunt in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.
Entries were down about 10 percent from 2011. This year, of 35,499 entries, 14,496 were for eight deer tags, 12,104 were for eight elk tags, 2,386 were for eight pronghorn tags, 4,643 were for one moose tag, and 1,870 entries were for the Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.
In all the entries brought in about $168,000.
The winners were:
- Five resident hunters, one Utah hunter, one Texas hunter and one California hunter won deer tags.
- Seven resident hunters and one California hunter won elk tags.
- Four resident hunters, two Washington, one Oklahoma and one Utah hunter won pronghorn tags.
- A Washington hunter won the moose tag.
- A Utah hunter won the combo tag.
The second Super Hunt drawing will be in mid-August when another "Super Hunt Combo" and entries for two elk, two deer and two pronghorn hunts along with one moose hunt will be drawn.
The entry period for the second drawing continues through August 11.
The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.
For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx.
The first entry costs $6; additional entries for the same species cost $4 each when purchased at the same time. Super Hunt Combo entries cost $20 for one; additional entries are $16 when purchased at the same time. Enter at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, on the Internet at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=22, or by phone at 800-554-8685.
Fill out entry orders and mail them to: Fish and Game License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Orders must be received at Fish and Game by the deadline.
Check out the Super Hunt Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/SuperHunt-Idaho/171792339534643.