Reverse Raffle Set For Elk Banquet

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The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has come up with its own version of the popular television game show "Deal, or No Deal."

RMEF's version, called a reverse raffle, will be played July 29 during the chapter's annual big game banquet to be held at the Mazatzal Casino.

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Among the goals of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to improve local habitat through habitat projects, prescribed burns and juniper thinning for elk like this bull.

The raffle prize is a 2006 Polaris Ranger XP four-wheel drive that includes a 4,000-pound winch and a 60- by 10-foot trailer.

A total of 500 tickets, $50 each, will be sold with the Ranger as a prize.

At the banquet, 10 tickets will be drawn. Owners of those will have the opportunity to auction their tickets to other RMEF members or keep them and the chance to win the Ranger.

Later, another five tickets will be drawn and, once again, the owners can choose to auction or sell their tickets.

Finally, the person holding the last ticket drawn will win the Ranger.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said RMEF member and local veterinarian, Drew Justice.

As exciting as the reverse raffle promises to be, it won't be the only prize given away during the festive evening.

Justice said there will be many limited edition prints, hunts, camping and hunting equipment, several bows and items for women will also be raffled or sold.

RMEF member Phil Daugherty said the evening will also be highlighted by games, some with rifles as prizes, and numerous blitzes including a first-ever $1 blitz.

Those who purchase a Payson Chapter Sponsor or Life RMEF membership will be entered into a one-in-five chance drawing for their choice of a Winchester Model 70 Supershadow .325 WSM rifle or a $500 gift certificate from Cabela's. They will also receive a Life Member Jacket, a subscription to Bugle Magazine and a RMEF plaque, cap and pin.

The evening tips off at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour during which attendees can browse through the many items that will later be raffled, sold and auctioned. The dinner -- filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian -- will be served at 6 p.m. and the festivities begin immediately after.

Former Arizona State University and Green Bay Packer football star Shawn Patterson will serve as master of ceremonies. The MC is also known in hunting circles as the unofficial record holder for largest elk taken by archery.

Dr. Mark Justice of Texas, Drew Justice's brother, will be the auctioneer.

Tickets, priced at $80 per single or $125 a couple, can be purchased from any RMEF member or by calling Justice at (928) 4726891 or Daugherty at (928) 478-4458.

The price also includes a one-year membership in RMEF and the subscription to Bugle magazine.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com.

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