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Fund-raising Random Drawing Tags

Fund-raising Random Drawing Tags are available for special hunting opportunities for elk, pronghorn antelope, and deer for the 2016 hunt year. Hunters may apply as many times as they wish for California’s most coveted hunting tags.

Fund-raising Random Drawing Tags generate dedicated funding for wildlife management programs that benefit big game species. Each year the fund-raising random drawing tags generated more than $200,000 for big game management in California.

Fund-raising Random Drawing Tag Basics:

  • Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2017 may apply.
  • $5.97 per application
  • No limit on the number of applications you can submit.
  • Does not use or affect your preference points.
  • A hunting license is not required to apply, but must be purchased if drawn.
  • Applicants may apply Online, at any CDFW License Sales Office or License Agent from April 15, 2017 through June 2, 2017.
  • Tags are awarded by random drawing which is run within 10 business days of the deadline to apply.
  • Winners are awarded a tag at no additional cost and are notified by phone/mail.

The 2017 Fund-raising Random Drawing Tags are:

Open Zone Deer Tag

The tag allows the hunter to hunt during the authorized season dates of any hunt, using the specific method and meeting any special conditions of the tag for that hunt.

Northeastern California Pronghorn Tag

The tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the Northeastern pronghorn zones, (Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley and Surprise Valley) with any legal method. The hunt dates are from July 29, 2017 to September 17, 2017.

Owens Valley Tule Elk Bull Tag

The Owens Valley Tule Elk tag is valid in all elk zones within the Owens Valley, with any legal method. Only one elk may be harvested. The hunt dates are from July 29, 2017 to August 27, 2017.

Marble/Clipper and South Bristol Mountains Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag

The tag is valid only in the Marbles/Clipper and South Bristol Mountains hunt zones. The season dates are from November 4, 2017 through February 4, 2018. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 16 or older as of July 1, 2017 may apply. If drawn, the hunter must attend a mandatory orientation to receive the tag.

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Fund-raising Auction Tags

Following a bid evaluation and review for responsiveness to the Call for Applications, CDFW is awarding agreements for the auction or sale of big game fund-raising license tags. Organizations and their corresponding event at which the auction or sale will take place can be found in the 2017-18 Schedule of Fund-raising Events. We will post the schedule once all of the tags have been awarded.