What can you say about the Nevada Dream Tag? It allows resident and nonresident sportsmen the chance at the hunt of a lifetime for as little as $15. If you win one of the five Dream Tags awarded each year (one for elk, California bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, antelope and mule deer) you can hunt anywhere in the state. You can purchase an unlimited number of chances for each species for a $5 per raffle ticket. You can buy tickets for your friends and family. You can buy tickets from August until the end of June. Plus, all of the money raised goes directly towards desperately needed wildlife rehabilitation.
If you're waiting to hear the downside of the Nevada Dream Tag, there simply isn't one.
"It really is a great opportunity for a small price,” said John McKay, Nevada Department of Wildlife outdoor education coordinator. "If you win, you get this fantastic hunting opportunity, and even if you don't all of the money still goes to habitat restoration. It's the definition of a win-win scenario.”
The tags are similar to other western states' raffle tags and "hunt of a lifetime” tags. All that is required to get started in the raffle is to first purchase a Resource Enhancement Stamp (RES) for $10. Once you have your stamp, you can purchase an unlimited number of raffle tickets for each species available for only $5 each. You can purchase both the RES Stamp and the raffle tickets at NVDreamTag.org.
For those not interested in hunting, the Resource Enhancement Stamp can be purchased by anyone that wants to contribute to the preservation, protection, management and restoration of game and its habitat.
In the past 20 years wildfires in Nevada have ravaged more than 13 million acres of crucial habitat. In only two years, the Nevada Dream Tag Program has been able to donate a total of $324,200 to habitat projects.
Tickets for the Nevada Dream Tag raffle are available now and will be sold until June 30 for this year's hunting season. The winners will be announced in early July.
For more information on the Nevada Dream Tags program, please visit the website at NVDreamTag.org.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen's license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.