Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a novel idea for a gift for that someone who seems to have everything. You can enter to win a trip to the world-famous McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. The package includes permits for four days of bear viewing and funds towards your transportation, lodging, and gear. But the drawing for the winner doesn’t take place until April 2.
The official official non-profit partner, the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska, is holding the third McNeil River State Game Sanctuary permit raffle. This fundraiser supports the conservation and management of non-game species in Alaska.
Learn more about the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary here.
The winner is entitled to a package of two guided viewing permits for McNeil River State Game Sanctuary June 15-18, 2023. The two permits enable access to the remote wilderness camp at McNeil River and award the winner two of the 10 highly coveted slots in the daily guided bear viewing group for all four days.
The raffle prize also includes $8,000 towards transportation to the sanctuary, lodging, and necessary supplies to make the trip to McNeil as memorable as possible. During this permit window at the sanctuary, bears will be observed feeding on vegetation on the sedge flats in front of camp, fishing for sockeye salmon in Mikfik Creek, and pairing up for mating season. June is an exciting time to be at McNeil!. This is a perfect opportunity for photographers, adventurers, or anyone who appreciates wild Alaskan Brown Bears.
Every ticket purchased helps fund conservation and management of Alaska’s non-game species. Even if you don’t win a permit, we’re all winners when we contribute to conservation.
Cost: Raffle tickets cost $20 each, 6 for $100, 40 for $500, or 100 for $1000. An unlimited number will be sold.
Dates: Raffle tickets will be sold online until 11:59pm on April 2, 2023.
Drawing: One winner will be selected by random drawing and notified at noon on April 7, 2023.
Notification: The winner need not be present and will be notified by phone, email and published on the OHFA website: www.OHFAK.org
Who: open to all; void where prohibited.
Permits: Winner will receive two Guided Viewing Permits from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, valid for viewing bears at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on June 15 to June 18, 2023. The winner may assign these permits through the ADF&G to anyone they choose.
Proceeds: The Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska is a 501c3 charitable educational organization and the official foundation of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. OHFA is offering this opportunity though ADF&G’s Special Access Permit program. All net revenue generated from this raffle will be deposited in the ADF&G non-game conservation account.
Note: A person who won a McNeil River sanctuary lottery-issued permit from the ADF&G for the 2022 season is not eligible to visit the sanctuary in 2023; however, they may still purchase raffle tickets as a gift for someone else.
Visit the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary website for more information on visiting the sanctuary: www.mcneilriver.adfg.alaska.gov
For more information on ADF&G’s Lands and Refuges Program, visit www.refuges.adfg.alaska.gov