Application deadline is October 5 at 3 p.m.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2012-13 season. These tags will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. There are only 13 of these special fund-raising tags reserved for 501(c)(3)nonprofit groups to sell and they’re sure to draw many participants to any fund-raising event.

Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fund-raising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fund-raising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

A call for applications and all required application forms are on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/fundraising/index.html. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. October 5, 2011.

Fish and Game Code section 4334 requires the proceeds from the sale of these few tags to be returned to DFG to fund programs that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. In last year’s auctions, tags for hunting three bighorn sheep, two pronghorn antelope, two elk and eight deer raised more than $402,000 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 by 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

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