- Associated Press - Sunday, March 14, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun to raffle permits for some of its most desirable hunts to help with a nearly $2 million revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The permits will allow buyers to hunt species such as brown bears, caribou or musk ox, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Friday.

Tony Kavalok, the assistant director of Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation, said nonresident hunting license sales have decreased substantially due to coronavirus travel restrictions and the shutdown of the spring brown bear hunt.

The raffle is the first of its kind in Alaska, the outlet reported.

Other states such as Arizona and Wyoming have implemented similar systems. In Wyoming, the raffle has raised more than $1 million this year, the outlet reported.

The Alaska permit raffle is open to residents and nonresidents and will be open through April. Winners will be announced on May 1.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide