2014-15 California hunting tags available to nonprofit groups

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2014-15 season. These tags will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. Only 12 to 14 of these special fundraising tags will be reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups (Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations) to sell.

Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fundraising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fundraising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

Fish and Game Code, section 4334 requires the proceeds from the sale of these tags to be returned to CDFW to fund programs that benefit bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. In last year’s auctions, tags for hunting two bighorn sheep, one pronghorn antelope, two elk and eight deer raised more than $385,000 for the research and management of these wildlife species.

A call for applications and the required application form are on the CDFW website Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2013.

Representatives of nonprofit groups without Internet access may request a printed application package by calling the CDFW Wildlife Branch at (916) 445-4034, sending a FAX to (916) 445-4048, or writing to: