Alaska opens 1st raffle for hunting permits to raise funds

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun to raffle permits for some of its most desirable hunts to help with a nearly $2 million revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Friday that the permits will allow buyers to hunt species such as brown bears, caribou or musk ox.

    The raffle is the first of its kind in Alaska.

    Other states such as Arizona and Wyoming have implemented similar systems.

    In Wyoming, the raffle has raised more than $1 million this year.

    The Alaska permit raffle is open to residents and nonresidents and will be open through April.

    Winners will be announced on May 1.

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