1. The commission, in consultation with the director, may authorize hunts for big game animals and wild turkey through raffle.
2. When a raffle hunt is adopted by the commission the director may conduct the raffle or may award a contract to a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization (hereafter referred to as "organization") to market and conduct the raffle drawing. The department of fish and wildlife shall solicit bids consistent with established state competitive bid rules.
3. There is no limit on the number of raffle tickets a person may purchase.
4. The organization interested in conducting a raffle for an authorized hunt shall submit a proposal outlining its experience and plan to conduct a raffle. The proposal shall include:
a. Name of the organization, articles of incorporation, and contact person.
b. The date, time, and place of the proposed raffle drawing.
c. The approximate number of raffle tickets expected to be sold.
d. Past experience in conducting raffles.
e. Marketing strategies to be used.
f. Portion of revenue proposed to be retained by the organization.
5. The director will select an organization to conduct a raffle.
a. Revenue potential to the department will be a primary criterion in applicant selection.
b. The department shall enter into a contract with the organization identifying specific terms of the contract.
c. The director may authorize the organization to sell raffle tickets for the department and retain a portion of the revenue from the tickets sold.
6. The following are rules for raffles conducted by a director authorized nonprofit wildlife conservation organization.
a. The organization shall notify the public about the raffle hunt opportunity and offer raffle tickets for sale.
b. The public must be informed of the date, time, and place of the raffle, and the organization must hold the drawing as specified.
c. The drawing must be accessible to the public.
d. Raffle ticket sales must be completed prior to the public drawing. An accounting must be made of raffle tickets and funds received. A representative of the department will monitor the drawing.
e. One winner and two alternates shall be drawn at the drawing.
f. The organization shall notify the department of the name, address, and telephone number of the raffle winner and two alternates immediately (but no later than two business days) after the drawing.
g. The department's share of the raffle revenue shall be delivered to the department within 30 (thirty) business days of the drawing.
7. The following are rules for raffles conducted by the department.
a. The department shall notify the public about the raffle hunt opportunity and offer raffle tickets for sale.
b. The department shall inform the public of date and place of the raffle, and hold the drawing as specified.
c. Raffle ticket sales must be complete prior to the drawing.
d. One winner and two alternates shall be drawn at the drawing.
8. The department will notify the winner and two alternates by telephone and by certified mail. The department will obtain enough information from the winner to issue the appropriate hunting license and transport tag(s).
9. If the winner does not contact the department within 15 business days of the drawing, the first alternate will be contacted and offered the raffle hunt. If the first alternate cannot be contacted within 10 business days after the winner disqualification deadline, the second alternate will be contacted and offered the raffle hunt. If the second alternate cannot be contacted within 10 business days after the first alternate disqualification deadline, the raffle hunt will not be offered by the department.
10. There shall be no refunds for any raffle ticket purchases.
11. The deer raffle winner may purchase an additional deer hunting license and transport tag and the elk raffle winner may purchase an additional elk hunting license and transport tag if desired. Even if drawn in a previous license year for a mountain goat, bighorn sheep, or moose hunt a hunter may participate in a raffle hunt. Turkey raffle winners may purchase up to three additional turkey licenses and transport tags.
12. Hunting licenses or transport tags obtained pursuant to a raffle may not be resold or reassigned.
13. Revenue from the sale of single-species raffle permits shall be used for the management of that species and revenue from the sale of multiple-species raffle permits shall be used for game management, except the hunting license and transport tag fees for the appropriate species shall be deducted from the raffle revenue.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047
. WSR 10-10-061 (Order 10-94), § 232-28-290, filed 4/30/10, effective 5/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040
. WSR 01-10-048 (Order 01-69), § 232-28-290, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01.]