Boise man wins coveted bighorn sheep tag

Bryan Moore of Boise won the raffle drawing for the hunt of a lifetime, an Idaho bighorn sheep tag raffled by the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation.

The 22nd annual raffle raised $86,115 that will be spent toward the benefit and enhancement of bighorn sheep in Idaho. This year's total was $10,000 more than last year's drawing. 

Hunters from throughout the U.S. apply for this tag because it allows the recipient to hunt in Unit 11 in Hells Canyon, which consistently produces record-book rams. It's been five years since the tag went to an Idaho resident.

The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation has been hosting this raffle since 1992, and it has raised over $1.4 million for Idaho Fish and Game's  bighorn sheep research and habitat development.

"WSF Idaho would like to thank the over 3,000 hunters from all over the United States who participated in the raffle," the group said in a press release. "Their support will help keep wild sheep on the mountains of Idaho."

The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to enhance wild sheep populations in Idaho, and with partners in adjacent states, for public enjoyment, education, and fair chase hunting; to promote professional wildlife management, and protect sportsmen's rights.

The group was founded in 1982 by two dozen concerned sportsmen who wanted to “put more bighorns on Idaho’s mountains.” From that core group, many of which are still very active on the board and committees, the organization has grown to a thriving group with over 300 committed members. the organization said.