For the first time ever, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun to raffle permits for some of its most popular hunts. It hopes this will help cover nearly two million dollars in lost revenue from COVID-19, which saw a drop in non-resident hunting licenses, and caused the closing of the spring brown bear hunt. The permits will allow lucky winners to hunt brown bear, caribou or muskox, according to Alaska's Energy Desk.
Alaska certainly has reason to be hopeful. Other states which have implemented such programs, like Arizona and Wyoming, have seen some success. Wyoming's program alone has generated more than a million dollars. The Alaska permit raffle is open to residents and nonresidents and will be open through April. Winners will be announced on May 1. For more information on this raffle, and how to apply, visit adfg.alaska.gov.